Carbon fibers are composed almost entirely of elemental carbon. The molecules are arranged in micro-crystals, aligned longitudinally with the fiber’s axis. This alignment makes the fibers more rigid than steel, despite being only a quarter to one-fifth the density. Thus these fibers are especially appealing for light-weight construction purposes.
In order to take advantage of these properties the fibers, each less than one-tenth the width of a human hair, must be contained in some kind of frame – in this case a polymer matrix which functions to set the fibers in place.
A good carbon component contains more than 50% fiber.
daCarbo uses the freedom offered by carbon fiber alignment and composite construction in building its instruments not to cut down on weight, but primarily to optimize the instrument’s vibration. It becomes possible to suppress those vibrations in the tube that simply waste energy.
Instrument-makers, engineers, acoustic designers and musicians have worked together intensively to minimize the energy loss in the air column, where the sound is generated.
As a result, the instruments are remarkably easy to play in all registers at supreme sound quality. They allow excellent articulation and direct control. The musician can concentrate on what’s essential.
Institute for Music Acoustics, Vienna
The Institute for Music Acoustics at the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna supports daCarbo with detailed acoustical and vibrational measurements on our prototypes. This enables a custom-made design process for the instruments, taking into account their sound and intonation.
Measurement on daCarbo instruments show that they have a higher energy output – meaning that the player needs less energy to produce the same sound, and will tire less quickly. This corresponds exactly to what musicians tell us when they test-play the instruments.
Handiwork meets high-tech
daCarbo has developed an injection technology to manufacture complex tube shapes from carbon materials. Using this technology, daCarbo produces wind instrument components characterized by perfect surface quality inside the tubes and out. The process guarantees a durable, uncompromising finish, much more exact than could be achieved using traditional instrument-makers’ techniques. Nevertheless each instrument is built with painstakingly precise, hand-crafted detail and built by our instrument-makers with love and care.