Bridge Golden Tasman 5 String Electro-Acoustic Violin
The Golden Tasman is the flagship of Bridge's new line of electro-acoustic violins, a high-spec electro-acoustic for the discerning player. The 5-string's acoustic tone is sweet and complex under the ear, with a warm, dark tone on the C string, though it doesn't have the projection you would expect from a acoustic violin this expensive. Once plugged in, the amplified tone of the Golden Tasman literally blew us all away -- we were shocked at just how good this electro-acoustic violin sounded. The tightly-grained spruce top and figured maple back are finished in a heavily-antiqued golden oil varnish. A custom hardshell case is included.
For anyone who's been chasing after that perfect amplified violin tone, and perhaps especially for the classical player who is occasionally called upon to play "plugged-in", but has never been happy with the results, the Golden Tasman electro-acoustic from Bridge violins may well be the answer you've been seeking.
Under the ear, the 5 string Golden Tasman's sound is sweet, pure, and complex. It's not a big sound, and it doesn't project as well as an equivalently-priced acoustic violin, but more importantly, it shouldn't. The Golden Tasman is a different tool than your good acoustic, designed for a different purpose, and it's a purpose for which acoustic violins of better quality would be ill-suited.
Paired with a good acoustic amplifier, we think you'll be amazed by the Golden Tasman's tone. It's rich and warm in the bass register, with a full, dark C string tone and plenty of brilliance on the high but with no trace of the harshness that some electrics that are considered "bright" are sometimes condemned for.
Construction of the Golden Tasman is (for the most part) quite traditional. A top of tightly grained spruce and a highly figured maple back and sides are finished in a golden oil varnish. That finish is heavily (but artistically) antiqued.
There are two main departures from the look of a classical violin. The first will be familiar to anyone who's seen a Bridge violin. The shield (inspired by the 1710 Stradivari Viola da Gamba) that has become one of the company's trademark details sits atop the peg box, instead of a traditional scroll. To mark the electro-acoustic's dual nature, a lightning bolt inlay on the shield goes in place of the stylized lowercase "b" that marks their line of purely electric instruments.
A bigger departure, and one that is at first glance less appealing aesthetically, is the conceptually brilliant placement of the Golden Tasman's output jack. Recessed into the arch of the violin's back, it initially appears jarring, even a bit awkward. But looks aside, the inset output jack is a stroke of design genius. It allows any player, even traditional classical players who don't use a shoulder rest, to play the violin comfortably, as long as they use a cable with a straight (rather than right-angle) jack, solving a problem that players who don't use a shoulder rest quickly discover when they attempt to play certain acoustic-electric violins.
A custom hardshell case is included with all Golden Tasman violins.
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