I use the bass cello for 6 months (March 2006) with happiness!
This is a unique instrument, both in terms of sound design possibilities that
The handle is 34 inches between the cello is the bass, we must relearn the differences (except for bass). The sound gives serious magnificent precision and roundness. The infrasbasses are powerful and beautiful feet. As soon as one passes into the treble, the sound is really that of a cello or a fretless, according to the microphones
The cello bass with two types of microphones can have a fretless sound with electromagnetic and sound much more "wood" with the piezo (required to play the archer). The knobs can scan all the intermediaries between piezo and wood, it's nice
I use both in pizz that the archer, sometimes with distortion
the possibilities are truly enormous, you can do everything with
- The quality andthe beauty of the sound (both for micro piezzoElectrique that electromagnetic). is exceptional in pizz, the archer in the bass, and midrange and treble
- Easy to play and sound the instrument
the - the price (more than € 3000), the absence of a micro SWITCH as the guitars to go at once to the piezo-magnetic electros.
A choice I would definitely do it again as the instrument is unique
Try it anyway, because it is not an electric cello or double bass or a fretless, it's all three at once!
Note: pseudo strap comes with is a little weird, but I kept it because it can move like a guitar. I think the pic NS Design can help a lot, but I got used
I play the cello bass tuned in fifths, the middle of the DO, like a cello. A few large gaps in the beginning, but unless a bass. used to it
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Mathieu LUCAS's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
How long have you use it?
- I bought (the?) Bass Cello version EADGC end of 2006. I used it in various formations since. (Jazz, latin ...)
What is so special that you like most and least?
- For +: Sound ... simply. A big sound impressive compared to the small size of the instrument! The sound palette is quite extensive. We can go to the fretless with EMG, electric bass to the sound (piezo position "pizza"), acoustic bass genre very amplified - Ron Carter, Eddie Gomez - still good with the next "timber" of a real bass is missing a little ...
Piezo position "arco" is fine for the bow - it seems logical, but also for his "Baby Bass". It works great in Salsa, among others. I like a mix arco / pizz for the walk, which gives a little with the length of the "Khartoum" caractérsitique a bass.
The handle is very nice, the bridge is easily adjustable in height. I do not play in the "thumb position" as the true bass and access to acute I do not have a problem with a technique of electric bass. In any case the Bass Cello is a low "vertical" a bass, if only by the pitch of the instrument is a bass.
on the other hand in the mix it sounds great and is comparable to other models of electric bass - acoustic or amplified poorly ... I love the sound the bow (the last bit of his that I can get my level seen in execrable matter ...). The advantage of the C chord is that goes into the register of the cello which is useful for playing melodies without being at the top of the handle.
- For -: The strap comes with is not particularly ergonomic in my opinion and does not make the instrument very playable. I think this is a far more "cost killing" a real innovation for NS. (But this is only my opinion ...)
I have invested directly in the pic is, it very well and very strong (considering the price it is better ...). The tripod looks a lot also, unwanted fixes.
I have a problem with the volume of cord C (weaker than the others) only postion "pizza". I sent an email to NS design unanswered. But my English is "fluent", and the mail was clear. I am a bit disappointed with the lack of follow-up. I'll try again, we never know, my mail has perhaps lost era ...
It also really missing a switch passive / active to avoid the disconnect (when switching to low or between sets) to avoid draining the batteries too ...
Have you tried many other models before buying it?
No. I had a Prudent few years ago and tried the "flying" from Dupont (Lutiher in Cognac) by a boyfriend, but I wanted something really portable. I hesitated recorded the Bass Cello and Double Bass NS normal but I liked the hybrid side. In addition the pitch is more comfortable for me as first electric bass player.
How would you rate the quality / price?
I was a little surprised with the purchase of the price difference between France and Germany (a certain well-known store design distributes NS Germany). There are of course always a price difference between the two countries but for this model it was pretty huge. I still preferred to buy it here for reasons of loyalty and relationship with the music store I usually frequent. The price is not everything, there is also the service ... And then the distributor has made an effort!
With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Without hesitation, I love this instrument!
I emphasize portability is really the strong point (with sound, of course ...). All houses (pic included) in a gig bag - high quality - which is transported on the back or by hand.
I will also be transported by plane in a flight SKB (44RW) where I put the Bass Cello and my Precision. But not with the original cover of the Bass Cello. I designed a smaller bag, but it's nice to have always with you bass and double bass - or at least what's rpproche the most! All in flight to 15kg ...
I put 9 / 10 story not to 10 (because they have not responded to my mail!) But hey I love it anyway!