If you've been looking for exceptional tone in an acoustic-electric violin, but the Bridge Golden Tasman is outside of your budget, their Tasman electro-acoustic offers similar performance at a more affordable price. Its amplified tone is dark and rich, with a powerful output and good resistance to feedback; even the E string's sound isn't truly bright. 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's sound is rich and warm, and with good projection for an acoustic-electric. Its sound is really dark and rich 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.