This new "traditional" version of the NS CR Series Double Bass is set up to satisfy the needs of the experienced upright bassist. Acoustic Helicore Hybrid™ strings by D'Addario, specially designed for NS Double Basses, are standard on both the 4 and 5 string CRT models. These deliver a classic upright tone... warm and percussive, with a great response to the bow. The bridge is raised to lift the strings above the fingerboard for an action typical of an acoustic upright. Higher string tension and action make it possible to "dig in" as one would on an acoustic, with reserves of rich sound that can be eased back for a traditional tone, or brought forward for exciting new sounds.
A standard 106 cm acoustic upright scale length is employed to ensure that fingering and string tension will be very close to conventional instruments. The neck shape is traditional, except that the small body allows unrestricted access to the upper register of the fingerboard. A small brass button on the back of the neck provides a tactile reference for the traditional "D neck" position. Dot markers provide a subtle but effective intonation reference.
The exclusive Polar™ pickup has 2 modes of operation, "arco" and "pizzicato", that may be blended together. When blended equally (with the balance control centered) the response is similar to an acoustic upright. The arco mode enhances sensitivity to the bow, whilst the plucked response is extraordinarily percussive. In the pizzicato mode, the percussive attack is reduced for a smooth sustained response. Bass and Treble EQ controls, in combination with the Polar pickup options, provide tremendous tonal range.
An End Pin Stand is standard equipment with the CRT Series. The fully adjustable mono-pod design allows the player to set the instrument in a position like that of an acoustic double bass. The point where the end pin touches the floor can be easily adjusted so that the weight of the instrument is centered over the tip. This balances the instrument leaving both hands free for expressive play. In conjunction with the NS End Pin Stand Conversion Kit, the End Pin Stand can be "parked" on the NS Tripod Stand to hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use. In addition, the NS Frame Strap and Boomerang Systems are available, offering full on-stage mobility.
Maple Body & Neck
The body and neck of the CR Series Double Bass are crafted from solid rock maple, with a flame maple face. The neck has a traditional upright profile, but with extended access to the upper register of the fingerboard. The solid-body design enhances sustain and clarity and is resistant to the adverse effects of temperature change and humidity.
The seasoned ebony fingerboard is hand graduated to ensure that each note is even and buzz free. Fingering & intonation are referenced with cascading dot makers. An adjustable truss rod allows positive relief to provide optimal action.
Polar™ Pickup System
The Polar™ directional piezo pickup system responds selectively to either lateral string vibration (for arco, dynamic bowing and a percussive plucked sound) or vertical string vibration (for the sustained plucked/pizzicato sound). A balance control allows the player to set the level of each mode as desired.
- CR End Pin Stand - Offers full freedom of movement. Height, tilt and "right bout" angle are fully adjustable providing a more conventional feel. Weight 2.3kg (5lbs).
Padded Gig Gag - Padded tube with handle and shoulder strap, 137 cm (54") long; 18cm (7") in diameter. Loaded weight is 8.2kg (18lbs), including stand. Fits in the overhead luggage compartment of most commercial aircraft.
- Adjustable CR Tripod Stand - Heavy duty steel construction; Full height and tilt adjustments allow the player to select the ideal position, seated or standing.
CR End Pin Conversion Kit - Attaches the NS CR End Pin Stand to the CR Series Tripod Stand to hold the instrument upright for on-stand performance or when not in use.
Boomerang Strap System - Provides full mobility and the freedom to play in virtually any position, with instant adjustment for bow and pizzicato technique, without stress and fatigue.
Frame Strap System - A light frame structure is supported by a single guitar style strap extending over the left shoulder. This holds the bass in the correct positions for both pizz and arco styles and offers full mobility and amazing comfort.
Flight Case - Aluminium edged plywood, 145cm (57") long; 25cm (10") wide; 25cm (10") high. Loaded weight is 22kg (48lbs), including stand.