THE NXTa ACTIVE SERIES VIOLIN – AVAILABLE IN 4 OR 5 STRING, TRADITIONAL AND FRETTED VERSIONS – OPENS UP A NEW HORIZON FOR THE SERIOUS MUSICIAN SEEKING TO PLAY A WORLD-CLASS ELECTRIC VIOLIN ON A LIMITED BUDGET.
These instruments, crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of NS Design's renowned CR Series, bring world-class design and craftsmanship to a surprisingly affordable price range and, with a visual appearance as striking as its sound, the roadworthy NXT is an exciting and reliable partner for the most demanding performance career.
Light weight and perfect balance are critical performance factors for any electric violin and the NXTa Series tops the charts as one of the lightest electric models on the market. Weighing in at just 585g (610g for the NXT5a Violin), the NXTa range pioneers special carving techniques to reduce the weight of the maple body, while preserving extraordinary rigidity and striking good looks. Ultralight tail-mounted tuners allow precise adjustment, easy string changes, and keep the balance point of the instrument close to the shoulder for maximum comfort.
Using set screws, the rock-maple bridge can be readily adjusted to the desired action height - high and powerful, low and fast, or anywhere in between. NS Electric Strings, and all other traditional violin strings fit NS violins, allowing the player to select from many different string options, each with a unique sound and feel.
Additional weight is saved by advanced Polar™ piezo technology that eliminates the need for heavy on-board batteries and circuitry. The self-powered Polar electromechanical transducer, although technically referred to as a passive pickup, is anything but passive, with a higher output than many active systems. The result is unsurpassed dynamic range, clarity, and sheer power.
The dual mode Polar pickup responds to both lateral string vibration for bowing, and vertical vibration for pizzicato playing (a body-mounted two-way switch lets the player change modes easily). The resulting sound retains the essential timbres of a fine acoustic violin, but is easily modified - via on-board controls or post-processing - to suit any sonic palette.
Dual Mode Output
New NS Design dual mode signal output electronics take the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXTa to another level.
Active Mode - Using the supplied charger, the NXTa connects into any AC outlet for 60 seconds, powering the capacitor powered active circuit for up to 16 hours of performance time. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary.
Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.
Passive Mode - The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.
Eco-Friendly Operation - NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.
Custom Shoulder Rest
This instrument is one of the lightest performance electrics on the market, and comes equipped with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest whose malleable padded aluminum base can bend and mold to the surface to the chest and shoulder and is designed to be physically formed by the player to fit the body perfectly for maximum playing comfort. The Custom Shoulder Rest features a foam-padded malleable aluminum base, which the player can bend and mold to the surface to the chest and shoulder. A wide range of height and angle adjustments can be made while the instrument is in playing position. The ergonomically contoured ebony chinrest is designed to work in tandem with the Custom Shoulder Rest for control, comfort and security.
For even greater player versatility, the NXTa also accepts NS Design's revolutionary optional Balanced Shoulder Rest, which replaces both the supplied chin and shoulder rests and effectively "floats" the instrument in the desired playing position.
Hardshell Case Included
The NXTa Viola ships with a custom Cordura® covered hardshell case, with handle, shoulder strap and separate compartments for shoulder rest, charger, accessories and bows plus an exterior zipper pouch (loaded weight : approx. 3.2kg / 7lb).
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