Bridge Tasman 5-String Electro-Acoustic Violin
The five-string Tasman electro-acoustic violin by Bridge Violins is an excellent alternative for players looking for top shelf tone at a more affordable price. Build quality and materials are similar to the Golden Tasman, but there is more variance in the figure of the wood and color of the varnish. Unplugged, the Tasman's acoustic sound is excellent, with plenty of color and warmth, a clear, pure high end, and decent projection. The Tasman's amplified tone is where this instrument really shines -- it's darker and warmer than the Golden Tasman, with less brilliance on the high end, with a rich and powerful output signal.
If you've been looking for exceptional tone in a five-string acoustic-electric violin, but the Bridge Golden Tasman 5 is outside of your budget, their Tasman 5-string electro-acoustic offers similar performance at a more affordable price. Its amplified tone is a good bit darker and more viola-like, and it doesn't have as much brilliance on the E string. with a powerful output and good resistance to feedback. It stands head and shoulders over almost anything else on the market -- the difference between the Tasman and the next-cheapest acoustic-electric that we sell is at least as big as the difference between the Golden Tasman and the Tasman. Under the ear, the Tasman 5's sound is rich and warm, and with good projection for an acoustic-electric. Its sound is dark and almost viola-like in the lower registers, with less brilliance on the E string than the Golden Tasman. Construction of the Tasman is (for the most part) quite traditional. A top of tightly grained spruce and a highly figured maple back and side 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's less appealing aesthetically, but conceptually brilliant, is the placement of the Tasman's output jack. Recessed into the arch of the violin's back, at first glance it 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 Tasman violins.
|Wireless Compatibility||Line 6 Relay G10, Line 6 Relay G30|
|Custom Stock Status||No|