With the release of the new Pianos, the world is once again in a music renaissance.
But, as with any major musical milestone, there’s one huge difference between the original piano and the new ones.
The original pianos were all electric.
Nowadays, they’re all made of carbon fibre.
The result is a piano that looks a lot like the original, but has the added benefit of being much more lightweight.
“The key to creating a lightweight piano is to make sure it’s easy to transport and use,” says Phil O’Hara, a music producer and the author of the book A Piano Lesson.
“There are all sorts of factors that go into making a lightweight instrument.
The materials, the construction, the amount of sound reinforcement that you can put into the instrument, the number of strings, the wood grain, the surface area, the stiffness of the wood, the thickness of the neck, the curvature of the back, and of course the shape of the keys.
There’s a lot of considerations that go on behind all that.”
A lightweight piano also has the advantage of being cheaper.
Compared to a $100,000 piano made of aluminium, a lightweight plastic or even a steel instrument costs as little as $25.
“In terms of sound, we’re talking about the same acoustic characteristics of a piano,” says O’Oara.
“And when you get a lightweight sound reinforcement, that gives you a little more range and a little bit more tonal quality.”
The difference in weight is also important.
“If you’re going to do a lightweight project that’s going to be on your desk, you want it to be light enough that it won’t be carrying around the piano in a bag,” says Jim Dutson, a guitar maker who works on the design of lightweight instruments.
“So a lightweight carbon fibre instrument is not going to have a problem carrying it around on your desktop, which makes it very attractive for use in a car.
“I would say the heavier the weight, the more difficult it is to transport, to move, to hold, and to hold the piano.” “
It has to weigh down very heavy,” he adds.
“I would say the heavier the weight, the more difficult it is to transport, to move, to hold, and to hold the piano.”
The first major difference between a piano made with carbon fibre and one made of plastic is the size of the strings.
“With the carbon fibre piano, the sound is much more open,” says Dutison.
“You’re going for the open sound.
And in fact, the carbon fiber piano has the open tone of the original.”
For those looking for a lightweight acoustic instrument, a plastic piano is ideal.
“Because of the acoustic properties of carbon fibres, they are very good for a lot more than just acoustic music,” says Michael Smith, a singer and songwriter.
“But acoustic music can also be a very expressive medium and a lot can be said about it.
“When you’ve got a carbon fibre board, the sounds that you get when you move the strings, you can’t hear those strings.” “
A plastic piano has that acoustic sound, but it also has that mechanical sound,” he says.
“When you’ve got a carbon fibre board, the sounds that you get when you move the strings, you can’t hear those strings.”
As a result, a heavier carbon fibre keyboard can give a lighter acoustic sound.
But to get the best sound, a soundboard needs to be heavy enough that the strings can’t be easily moved around the keyboard without damaging the wood.
“That’s the biggest concern,” says Smith.
“Heavy, heavy strings.
The lighter the weight of the board, and the more open it is, the better it is for acoustic music.”
A soundboard can also weigh more, depending on how heavy it is.
“Lightweight, heavy weight,” says the guitar and bass guitar designer, Jim Smith.
But even heavier than a carbon-fibre keyboard is a carbon guitar, which weighs in at almost half the weight.
“Weighing that down is the biggest challenge in any soundboard,” says Tom Jones, the founder and managing director of soundboards in New Zealand, who works with the likes of The Killers and Muse.
“Once you’ve made the weight down, the acoustic performance can be so much better.”
A lighter soundboard isn’t the only way to improve acoustic performance.
The biggest change that needs to occur for a lighter instrument is the sound reinforcement.
“For acoustic instruments, it’s not enough to make the string sound the same,” says Jones.
“They have to be as stiff as possible.
You can’t just replace the string and replace the sound.”
For a lightweight keyboard, you need to ensure that the string is as stiff and as smooth as possible, which is why sound reinforcement is also critical.
“Sound reinforcement is a key component of the performance of a lightweight musical instrument,” says James Cook, a bass player who works in the sound