Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need a carbon instrument?
A: There are many reasons. Firstly, carbon is strong and more stable than wood, making the instruments more robust and able to withstand rough treatment. They are not effected by varying climatic conditions, making them ideal for travelling and for playing outside. And there is the design aspect; the sleek, modern design – a real eye-catcher.
Q: Why are the instruments black?
A: Carbon fiber is a black material!
Q: Are the instruments painted?
A: The „DesignLine“ is coated with a clear lacquer to protect the surface and to allow re-polishing.
Q: Why don’t the instruments have corners and a scroll?
A: We do not need the corners for the construction of the instrument. Our design concept was to reduce the instrument to its essential elements.
Q: Do the instruments have a bass bar and soundpost?
A: Yes. A carbon bar and a spruce soundpost.
Q: Why are the soundpost and bridge not made of carbon?
A: For two reasons. Firstly, it allows the customer, or rather, his or her luthier to undertake fine adjustments to the set-up. Secondly, the traditional set-up has tonal advantages.
Q: Why don’t the instruments have fine tuners?
A: We use Wittner fine tuning pegs. These make tuning quick, simple and easy. We can fit fine tuners on request.
Q: Do the cellos have wolf-tones?
A: The wolf-tones at F and F# are there but less noticable.
Q: Do the violins have wolf-tones?
A: There is an occasional mild wolf in the 7th position b flat on the G string.
Q: Is a carbon fiber instrument lighter than a wooden instrument?
A: No. The balance is slightly different. The body is a little heavier, the peg-box a little lighter, giving the instrument a good balance.
Q: So how do they sound?
A: We have demonstration videos on Youtube. These can be seen on our Youtube channel: „mezzofortegermany“. Generally it can be said the instruments sound full and warm and are well balanced with an excellent response.
Q: Do the instruments require a special case?
A: Any standard case can be used.
Q: Can the instruments withstand high temperatures?
A: Temperatures up to 55°C are no problem. Temperatures above that, such as the inside of a car in summer should be avoided.