This "hi-spec" custom Barrier Reef Dragon Aquila from Bridge Violins in the UK sports several upgrades from the standard model, built in the Far East. With upgraded electronics and Wittner Finetune pegs, this is the Aquila for players who are willing to make a bigger investment in an instrument of greater quality.
First and foremost, it's always about tone, and this is where the Aquila Dragon really shines. We already love the sound of the standard Bridge models, yet this Aquila sounded noticeably better than the standard Bridge 4-string we tested it against. Immediate first impressions were of the instrument's stronger output, but what really stood out and stayed with us was the beautiful balance of its tone. This Aquila has much more brilliance on the high strings, exhibiting a sparkle and clarity of tone with a notable absence of the harshness that sometimes plagues the violin's upper register when it's amplified.
While the Dragons were initially only offered in the trademark Bridge deep purple, this instrument is finished in their beautiful Barrier Reef custom color. A burst of pearlescent colors, Barrier Reef ranges from a medium seafoam green at the center to a darker royal blue metallic at the edges, with hints of purple when the light hits the darker blue from certain angles. It's a striking color, and it's been a favorite of Electric Violin Shop's customers.
Tuning is a breeze with the Wittner Finetune pegs, nearly making the fine tuners built into the Wittner composite tailpiece obsolete.
The price of this Barrier Reef Aquila Dragon includes the same custom hard shell case and carbon composite bow that comes with standard Bridge models.