FOR THE SERIOUS MUSICIAN LOOKING TO PLAY A WORLD-CLASS ELECTRIC VIOLIN ON A LIMITED BUDGET
Crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of NS Design's renowned CR Series, the NXTa range of violins — including 5 string and fretless options — combines world-class design and craftsmanship at a surprisingly affordable price point. With a visual appearance as beautiful as their sound, these roadworthy instruments are exciting and reliable partners for the most demanding performance career.
Light weight and perfect balance are critical performance factors for any electric violin and the NXTa Series boasts some of the lightest models on the market. Weighing in at just 585g (610g for the NXT5a Violin), NS Design has pioneered 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 and easy string changes, whilst keeping 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/D'Addario custom 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.
NS Design Polar™ Pickup System
Additional weight is saved by advanced NS 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, has a significantly higher output than many active systems, providing unsurpassed dynamic range, clarity, and sheer power.
The directional piezo Polar Pickup responds selectively to either lateral string vibration (for dynamic bowing), and vertical vibration (for remarkably even and sustained plucked/pizzicato sound, like a mandolin). A switch allows the player to choose the desired response. 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
All NXTa series instruments feature battery-free, high performance active electronics with new capacitor-powered custom circuitry designed by Mi-Si™ Electronics Design, taking convenience, versatility and performance capability to an even higher level.
In Active mode, the user connects the supplied charger into an AC outlet for 60 seconds to power the circuit for up to 16 hours of performance time. The instrument can then plug straight into any amp, low or high impedance, 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.
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.
NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.
Custom Shoulder Rest
All NS Violins come equipped as standard with the NS Custom Shoulder Rest which features a malleable, foam-padded aluminum base which 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. In conjunction with the ergonomically contoured ebony chinrest, a wide range of height and angle adjustments can be made while the instrument is in playing position.
For enhanced versatility, NS Violin models also accept the Adjustable Chin Rest, which offers a wider range of positions for individual fit, style and comfort, providing entirely new levels of ergonomic support, or the revolutionary NS Balanced Shoulder Rest which replaces both chin and shoulder rests and effectively "floats" the instrument in the desired playing position.
Hardshell Fitted Case Included
All NS Violins and Violas are supplied complete with a Cordura® covered, form-fitting custom hardshell case with handle and shoulder strap, separate compartments for shoulder rest and accessories, a bow compartment, and an exterior zipper pouch (Loaded weight: approx. 3.2kg / 7lb).