Katahashi Instruments is a Japanese luthier who inherits and draws inspiration from the tradition of Japanese musical instruments, beginning with the Japanese government’s policy of adopting Western concepts in the late 19th century. This tradition has now led to Karen Ultralight, an electric violin 3D printed using MJF technology and recyclable polyamide material.
The first violin makers in Japan were Sadajiro Matunaga and Masakichi Suzuki (b. 1859 – died 1944). Both were trained as shamisen makers and began making violins from instruments brought to Japan towards the end of the 19th century from Western sources, using pine and maple from Japan and sometimes sycamore. In 1880, pursuing a policy of Westernization, the Japanese government had instituted teacher training programs for piano, organ, and violin lessons.
The Karen Ultralight violin, available for 1,850 euros, has a Futuristic 3D printed frame made by computer design provided by Spanish studio Anima Design. This guarantees high-quality sound and quality combined with perfect ergonomics and ultra-light weight.
Along with the 3D-printed frame made of recyclable polyamide, the Karen Ultralight Size: 4/4 Violin features a maple body, birch fingerboard, jujube pegs and chin rest, active microphone, with headphone output and jack output. It also comes with a case, shoulder pad, composite bow, rosin and 9V battery.
The four different versions of the Karen Ultralight Electric Violin, all available at the same price, include Black Piano + Carbon Fiber and Pearl White + Carbon Fiber finishes, as well as Dark Platinum + Carbon Fiber and Red Copper + Carbon Fiber finishes.
Anima Design, the Barcelona studio that contributed to the creation of the design, specializes in the generation of new concepts to create original and innovative products that will triumph in the market. The studio uses the latest technology in design tools, with the aim of providing clients with maximum efficiency and the best results and quality.