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Ultra High Tech Instruments

Violins of the Future

— July 26, 2006 — Tech
Electronic drum sets were being used by chart topping bands in the early 90s... but the trend continues. Now, even classic instruments are getting high tech. The Vivo2 violin, shown here, uses injection molding to create a hard core electric violin.

From Giz Magazine:
In addition to color effects, the GE resin provides the high performance and design flexibility for which it is renowned. Injection-molding the violin body instead of carving it allowed Ted Brewer Violins to create unique designs that not only are visually compelling but also deliver exceptional audio quality.

According to Ted, GE Plastics provided both the material and expertise that Brewer was looking for to help perfect his Vivo2 design. "I tried some other suppliers, but nothing came close to GE's Lexan Visualfx special effects resin. The outstanding quality, finish, and visual effects of our Vivo2 violins are just superb. The GE team provided amazing support - they pulled out all the stops to find the exact color effects I had in mind, and shipped the material as fast as humanly possible so we could get into production quickly." GE delivered pellet samples to the company in a 96-hour turnaround.
Trend Themes
1. High Tech Instruments - The trend of incorporating high technology into traditional instruments opens up opportunities for disruptive innovation in the music industry.
2. Injection Molding - The use of injection molding in instrument manufacturing provides design flexibility and exceptional audio quality, presenting disruptive innovation opportunities in the manufacturing industry.
3. High Performance Resins - The development of high-performance resins like GE's Lexan Visualfx resin enables unique designs and outstanding quality in instrument production, creating disruptive innovation opportunities in the materials industry.
Industry Implications
1. Music - The incorporation of high technology into traditional instruments disrupts the music industry, providing opportunities for instrument manufacturers, musicians, and music producers.
2. Manufacturing - The use of injection molding in instrument manufacturing opens up disruptive innovation opportunities for manufacturers to create unique designs and improve the production process.
3. Materials - The development of high-performance resins for instrument production disrupts the materials industry, offering opportunities for suppliers and manufacturers to create innovative and high-quality instrument components.
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