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ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS <ul><li>TIM TEEL </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Instrument Design </li></ul><ul><li>C.F. MARTIN & CO....
Personal Background <ul><li>Interested in guitars at very young age </li></ul><ul><li>Joined Martin Guitar in 1986 </li></...
Martin Guitar History <ul><li>Late 1960’s switch from Brazilian to East Indian Rosewood </li></ul><ul><li>Developed 3-piec...
 
 
High-pressure Laminate
Natural Alternatives <ul><li>Acceptable tonal properties </li></ul><ul><li>Different tonal voices </li></ul><ul><li>Combin...
Medullary   Rays Cambium Quartersawn Flatsawn Heart Cracks
 
Synthetic Materials <ul><li>Tonally very different than natural materials </li></ul><ul><li>Different bracing needed </li>...
Bracing- (Non-traditional)
 
Market <ul><li>Acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Perception </li></ul><ul><li>Price </li></ul><ul><...
Conclusion <ul><li>Continual evolving mix of alternative materials are needed </li></ul><ul><li>Education to end consumer ...
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CF Martin & Co, Insight from the Director of Instrument Design - Tim Teel

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Tonal Innovation Center (TONIC) hosted the second annual International Musical Instruments Seminar in Joensuu, Finland on 14th September- 16th September 2011.

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CF Martin & Co, Insight from the Director of Instrument Design - Tim Teel

  1. 1. ALTERNATIVE MATERIALS <ul><li>TIM TEEL </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Instrument Design </li></ul><ul><li>C.F. MARTIN & CO. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Personal Background <ul><li>Interested in guitars at very young age </li></ul><ul><li>Joined Martin Guitar in 1986 </li></ul><ul><li>Started in R&D group in 1997 </li></ul><ul><li>Worked on projects from X-series to Authentic Series </li></ul>
  3. 3. Martin Guitar History <ul><li>Late 1960’s switch from Brazilian to East Indian Rosewood </li></ul><ul><li>Developed 3-piece back </li></ul><ul><li>Used many domestic woods i.e. walnut, ash, maple, cherry, oak, red birch </li></ul><ul><li>1990’s developed smartwood guitars (FSC) </li></ul><ul><li>1998 launched X-series </li></ul>
  4. 6. High-pressure Laminate
  5. 7. Natural Alternatives <ul><li>Acceptable tonal properties </li></ul><ul><li>Different tonal voices </li></ul><ul><li>Combinations and bracing important </li></ul><ul><li>Usually lower cost compared to synthetic materials </li></ul>
  6. 8. Medullary Rays Cambium Quartersawn Flatsawn Heart Cracks
  7. 10. Synthetic Materials <ul><li>Tonally very different than natural materials </li></ul><ul><li>Different bracing needed </li></ul><ul><li>Usually more durable </li></ul><ul><li>Can be more expensive </li></ul><ul><li>Not always better for environment </li></ul>
  8. 11. Bracing- (Non-traditional)
  9. 13. Market <ul><li>Acceptance </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul><ul><li>Perception </li></ul><ul><li>Price </li></ul><ul><li>Timing </li></ul>
  10. 14. Conclusion <ul><li>Continual evolving mix of alternative materials are needed </li></ul><ul><li>Education to end consumer is a must </li></ul><ul><li>Managing natural resources is critical </li></ul><ul><li>Developing great tonal synthetic materials will be a bonus </li></ul>

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