Tuned to GDAE an octave below the Aquila register the Aquila Octave allows the violinist to almost cover the cello register making it useful for building string sections and accompanying treble parts.

It offers the benefits of low volume for practise and high volume for performance with no feedback.

Available in six house colours shown above or add a custom colour

Our VIDEOS page shows this instrument in action. Many thanks to all our artists for their brilliant videos.

To order a custom colour

Choose the custom colour option above and then add on your choice of colour from the Custom Colour Gallery or call us for a quote on your own bespoke colour or finish.


The instrument comes in an oblong case with shaped interior, black canvas cover with large music pocket, 4 bow holders and plush red velvety lining.

A black carbon fibre bow is included.


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Aquila Electric Octave

  • Body
    The body is hollow, moulded from a kevlar and carbon fibre composite giving a high strength to weight ratio. The hollow body generates a sound profile within the body structure presenting an open sound without the use of reverb or delay. It is smooth and forgiving when played and allows low volume practise without the use of headphones or amps. Highly stable across temperature and humidity ranges.

    Inspired by a Stradivari 1701 Viola da Gamba, modified to the modern sized peg box this headstock has become the trademark of the ‘Bridge’ instruments. The distinctive shield, through peg box and neck is carved from a single maple block.

    Pegs and Strings
    The high quality ebony pegs are professionally fitted to give a smooth tuning action. The Aquila Octave is fitted with Super Sensitive Octave or Thomastic Superflex Oktavgeige strings.

    Fingerboard and nut
    The ebony fingerboard and nut are professionally shaped to accommodate the thicker strings while maintaining modern standard orchestral measurements. 

    This is a Dresden style chinrest. The style may vary with availability but will always be of an equal quality.

    All our electric range of instruments is fitted with a Wittner lightweight alloy tailpiece fitted with integral tuners.

    Ebony endpin in keeping with all the high quality ebony fittings on this instrument.



    The bridge houses the ‘Bridge’ pick up system, a piezo crystal configuration. We designed the ‘Bridge’ pick up system specifically and only for use with our instruments. It is designed to pick up both the string vibration and the body resonance generated from the hollow composite body. Utilising all the properties of a traditional acoustic bridge it captures the warmth of tone synonymous with its acoustic counterpart, with no feedback.

    Battery Holder
    The battery holder is located neatly on the underside of the instrument and powers the Bridge Active Circuitry. It houses a 3V coin cell battery, which keeps the instruments light, is readily available and easy to fit. It provides approximately 1000 hours playing time, and only drains whilst the jack is connected.
    Active Circuitry
    Each model has its own sophisticated and bespoke active circuitry, frequency dedicated to each model’s string configuration and designed to perform in conjunction with the ‘Bridge’ pick-up system. It supplies power to drive effects and radio packs and puts the string player on equal footing with every other amplified instrument in the band.
    Jack Socket
    ¼ inch jack - musical instrument standard. The switch jack system automatically switches the active circuitry on and off as the jack is inserted or removed. It is carefully positioned and angled to avoid drag and interference from the cable. We have also ensured that the angle and proportions are compatible with all common wireless solutions.

    All our electric range of instruments carry a volume and tone control easily accessible for quick adjustment during performance. The tone control is a tilt control, not a boost/cut control, changing the tonal range of the instrument.