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A change for the better.

Determined to find a solution for wood's failings, Kawai craftsmen began to study the properties of alternative materials. An intensive search led them to a polymer composite material called ABS Styran, which had the perfect traits for the task:

 IT WAS MUCH STRONGER THAN WOOD TO REDUCE BREAKAGE

• IT WAS DIMENSIONALLY STABLE... VIRTUALLY UNAFFECTED BY
  CHANGES IN HUMIDITY

• IT HAD A SUCCESSFUL TRACK RECORD IN MANY OTHER INDUSTRIES
Kawai ABS Styran Wippen Assembly
ABS Styran Wippen Assembly
with Exclusive "Black Jack."
ABS Styran required precision molding, a fact that would mean enormous long-term investments in tooling to sustain production. Nevertheless, Kawai craftsmen felt certain that the use of ABS* would enable a Kawai piano to maintain stable touch and tone longer than any other. With bold confidence, Kawai moved forward to become an industry pioneer in the use of ABS Styran in piano actions.
* ABS is an acronym for Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene    

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