2011 Summer NAMM

2011 Summer NAMM Seminar on the use of alternative and sustainable tone materials. Friday, July 22, 8:00 am to 10:00 am, Room 213, 2nd Floor, Nashville Convention Center.

Representatives from the Tonal Innovation Center, a project funded mainly by the European Social Fund, will be presenting and opening discussions about the use of sustainable materials for musical instruments. The project is tasked to create a more consistent, environmentally and ecologically friendly recyclable tone material for use in the manufacturing of musical instruments.

If you are attending the Summer NAMM 2011 please register and come along on Friday morning,8:00 am to 10:00 am, Room 213, 2nd Floor, Nashville Convention Center.

This two hour seminar will cover the highlights from the 2010 International Seminar - ‘Exploring Sustainable Materials’, the reasons or market drivers on why we need to use alternatives to exotic tone woods, from the latest government legislation, to the scarcity of supply to changing demand with a growing awareness from players. We will discuss what choices are available now and the emerging alternatives including Natural Fiber Composites.

We will also be requesting support from the music industry for the 2nd International Seminar in Finland, with a welcome Reception on Wednesday 14th September 5pm with the seminar and workshops from Thursday 15th to Friday 16th September

To register your attendance for Summer NAMM's seminar on sustainable tone materials please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it including your name and organisation.

NAMM Invitation:

2011 Summer NAMM pdf.


Greetings from the Frankfurt Music Fair

TONIC project representatives participated in the Frankfurt Music Fair from 24 to 27.3.2010. The project focused intensively for these few days on the supply of natural fiber composite - instrument technology and exploring the opportunities. "Discovering new dimensions", the exhibition consisted of two themes "Musikmesse" with the theme: "Mission for music" which is arguably the world's largest musical instrument sales and promotional event, and "Pro Light + Sound" theme "Discovering New Dimensions." The second section focuses on the audio equipment, huge screens, laser and other lighting equipment and effects including smoke machines and pyrotechnics.

Local showcases were Flaxwood from North Karelia (Heinävaara) with a demo of their electric guitar and player skills and Stone Edge introduced its stone-composite skills. This is a huge fair, the exhibition area covers about 30 hectares, and was full! China's was well represented - especially products with low pricing – and seemed somewhat overwhelming.

The world has woken up to the limited number of trees and even the major violins companies were genuinely interested in alternative and sustainable materials through our North Karelian center of excellence! Foremost we came away with a feeling that we are doing the right thing, and even at the right time: The need for the replacement of endangered trees with sustainable materials based on new technologies is obvious, and the market demand is moderately high.


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