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NS Design NXT5a Violin

List Price:  £1,565.00

UK Price:  £1,475.00 Inc. 20% VAT
Worldwide Price: £1,229.17



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.

Active Mode
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.

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

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).

Construction Solid, straight grain maple body & neck
Finish Maple face with Black Satin finish or flame maple face with Sunburst finish
Body Reference Bout Black-dyed maple bout on treble side provides standard violin reference, Easily removable for unrestricted neck access
Fingerboard Hand graduated ebony, with asymmetric relief (4 & 5 String Models with fretted fingerboards also available)
Bridge Black-dyed maple, Height adjustable via screws on back of body
Pickup NS Polar™ bridge mounted, directional piezo pickup system
Controls Rotary volume control with push-pull selection between Active and Passive output mode / Tone control (treble roll off) / Polar Pickup Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch
Tuning Machines Precision 40:1 fine tuners mounted behind the bridge, Automatic string clamping for quick, easy string changing
Length 54cm (21.25")
Width 11cm (4.3")
Thickness 6.5cm (2.56")
Weight - NXT4a 585g (1.3lb)
Weight - NXT5a 610g (1.34lb)
Scale Length 33cm (13")
String Spacing @ Nut 16.2mm (0.64”)
String Spacing @ Bridge 33.5mm (1.32")
Strings NS Design/D'Addario NS310 Medium tension, stranded steel core
Accessories Contoured Ebony chin rest + Fully Adjustable NS Custom Shoulder Rest
Case Cordura covered, form fitting hard foam core / Dimensions: 81cm x 21cm x 14cm (32" x 8.5" x 5.5") / Loaded Weight: 3.2kg (7lb)

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