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Electric Viola NS Design CR 4 Amber

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Manufacturer: NS DESIGN
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Made in the Czech Republic.

LENGTH: 585 MM (23")
WIDTH: 116,8 MM (4,6")
WEIGHT: 775 grams
SCALE LENGTH: 366 MM (14,4")

Model        Bridge              Nut
4-string     18 mm (0.7")     38 mm (1.5")

CONSTRUCTION: Straight grain quarter-sawn solid European maple body and neck, with a flame maple face.

SOLID MAPLE BODY AND NECK: The NS Viola is crafted of solid maple, with an elegant flame maple face. This lightweight solid-body design transfers the full spectrum of sound to the pickup without feedback, and is very stable even with changes in temperature and humidity. The ergonomic shoulder and chin rest provide comfortable, stable support, and a removable treble side bout is included for left hand position reference. The solid ebony fingerboard is hand graduated for consistent string articulation.

FINISH: Traditional amber stain with polymer top coat.

BODY REFERENCE BOUT: Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard viola reference. Easily removable for unrestricted neck access.

FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated ebony.

BRIDGE: Black-dyed maple, height adjustable via screws on back of body.

STRINGS: NS Electric strings standard. Compatible with standard viola strings.

PRECISION TUNING HARDWARE: 40:1 fine tuners are mounted on the body behind the bridge for precise, stable tuning. Automatic string clamping allows for quick, easy string changes. With the NS Design patented tuning system, remarkably precise and stable tuning is accomplished entirely behind the bridge, in the manner similar to the fine tuners of an acoustic instrument. With the elimination of the traditional scroll and pegs, weight is shifted in towards the body of the player for optimum comfort. Any standard viola strings will fit the NS Viola, although specially formulated NS Electric strings from D'Addario are recommended.

POLAR PICKUP: The PolarTM directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either lateral string vibration (for dynamic bowing) or vertical string vibration (for remarkably even and sustained plucked/pizzicato sound, like a mandolin). Bridge-mounted piezo pickup system can sense either vertical or lateral string vibration. Set in the vertical mode, plucked notes are remarkably even and sustained. In the lateral mode, the pickup has unparalleled sensitivity in the direction of the bow, with more attack when plucked. Attack and decay can be effectively controlled with the PolarTM pickup system.

ACTIVE ELECTRONICS: Dual mode preamp allows the player to choose between two distinct tone qualities: (1) the extended frequency response of modern low impedance electronics, for full-blown "electric" sound, and (2) active electronic shaping to replicate the frequency response of the traditional violin, for a more "acoustic" sound. A three-way toggle switch allows the player to select the desired pickup and electronics options.

Treble EQ
Bass EQ
3-way Switch for Polar pickup:
-forward - vertical string vibration (for sustained pizzicato)
-center - lateral string vibration, full frequency for arco
-back - lateral string vibration, "acoustic" timbre for arco

HEADPHONE JACK: 1/8" headphone jack for silent practice and self-monitoring.

CHIN & SHOULDER REST: Ergonomically designed to support the instrument securely without the left hand. The Custom Shoulder Rest can be formed by the player to fit the body perfectly. The violin can also attach to NS Design's revolutionary Balanced Shoulder Rest which secures it effortlessly in optimal playing position. Knobs are located within easy reach of the right hand so adjustments can be made with the instrument in playing position.

FLIGHT CASE: Fabric covered hard foam core, 81cm (32") long, 21cm (8.5") wide, 14 cm (5.5") high, 2.7 kg (6 lb) loaded weight. Padded, form fitting interior. Holds 2 bows, shoulder rest, output cable, and extra gear, with lock and key.

NS Design's CR Series viola, available in both 4 and 5 string models, standard and fretted, is becoming the preeminent electric viola on the market today. Designed by Ned Steinberger, has a remarkable tonal range due to its innovative PolarTM pickup system, which is able to selectively capture the string vibration favored for both bow and pizzicato technique with stunning brilliance and sensitivity. The violinist who prefers the elegant tone of a fine acoustic will not be disappointed, and for those who wish to explore new sonic territory, the sky is the limit.

The solid-body NS Viola incorporates the familiar performance features of an acoustic instrument, including a removable body segment to provide the left-hand reference position of a traditional instrument. Traditional string spacing and scale length facilitate the transition from the acoustic instrument to the world of the electric viola. Direct amplification and recording capabilities allow the violinist to experience the vast range of electronic and amplified performance opportunities, yet continue to savor the essence and timeless magic of the viola.
Old price:  92192,- (CZK) incl tax
83811,- (CZK) incl tax
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