Front and Back
Constructed in the traditional method, the Tasman uses a high quality spruce front and flamed maple back, hand carved to our specifications. The single black purfling line is a characteristic of the 'Bridge’ instruments and can be found on all the acoustic and electro-acoustic models.
The Tasmans are finished with a lightly antiqued rich venetian style spirit varnish.
Inspired by the Stadivari 1701 Viola da Gamba and modified to the modern sized peg box, this headstock has become a trademark of the 'Bridge' instruments. The distinctive shield, through peg box and neck is carved from a single maple block. The Tasman and Golden Tasman instruments have the electric lightening strike inlay on the shield suggesting it’s not purely the acoustic instrument it appears to be.
Pegs and Strings
The high quality ebony pegs are professionally fitted to give a smooth tuning action. The Tasman is fitted with Thomastik Dominant strings or equivalent for the G D A and E strings with a D'Addario Helicore C string.
Fingerboard and nut
Made from the best quality ebony, the fingerboard and nut are professionally shaped to modern orchestral measurements and traditionally finished.
The Tasman bridge is made from the best quality tonewood and 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 body. Utilising all the properties of a traditional acoustic bridge it captures the warmth of tone synonymous with its acoustic counterpart.
The F hole design reflects the lightning strike theme of the headstock giving both the Tasmans and Golden Tasmans a contemporary twist and unique character.
Tailpiece and Chinrest
The Tasman range of instruments is fitted with a lightweight alloy tailpiece, with individual integral fine tuners.
This is an ebony Guarneri style chinrest. The style may vary with availability but will always be of equal quality.
The battery holder is located neatly on the lower bottom rib and houses 3V coin cell battery. This small battery powers the Bridge Active Circuitry which has been cleverly designed to keep the instruments light and well balanced. It provides approximately 500 hours playing time and only drain whilst the jack is connected. Readily available the battery is quick and easy to replace.
Bridge Active Circuitry
Each model has its own sophisticated and bespoke active circuitry frequency dedicated to each string configuration and designed to perform in conjunction with the 'Bridge' pick-up system.
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 carved into the back plate becoming an integral part of the instrument, 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.
Black ebony endpin, in keeping with the pegs and tailpiece.
Tuned to CGDAE the Tasman is an easy transition from a regular acoustic violin with the benefits of high volume for performance.
Browse the detailed pictures and descriptions of the Tasman’s materials, components and fittings.
Our VIDEOS page shows this instrument in action. Many thanks to all our artists for their brilliant videos.
The instrument comes in an oblong case with black canvas cover, large music pocket, 4 bow holders and plush green velvety lining.
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