This "hi-spec" custom Electric Blue Dragon Lyra 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 Lyra 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 Lyra Dragon really shines. We already love the sound of the standard Bridge models, yet this Dragon Lyra 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 Dragon 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.
This Dragon Lyra is absolutely stunning, with a rich and almost over-saturated bright blue finish that's lit from within by the subtle shimmering effect of fine mica and metallic flakes mixed into the color. If you or the violinist in your life loves rich, bright blues, you won't find one brighter or bolder than this. Except for its pearlescent quality, this blue is very similar in hue and saturation to the bright "electric" blue that was popular on many Zeta violins back in the '90s.
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 Electric Blue Pearl Dragon Lyra includes the same custom hard shell case and carbon composite bow that comes with standard Bridge models.