Remove the stand from the gig bag. Open
and secure the legs so that the two front legs give the widest
possible stance (as shown). The shorter back leg should
be at a slight angle, so that the main post tilts back slightly.
Remove the cello from the padded inner bag. Screw the large thumb
screw at the top of the stand into the threaded insert on the
back of the cello. Adjust as desired, making sure that the
weight of the cello is centered and stable on the stand.
Note that the stand is designed to be highly adjustable, and therefore
the cello can be set in many interesting positions, including
horizontal.Caution! It is possible to set up the stand in an unstable
position. Test the stability by tipping the cello so that each leg lifts
slightly, and be sure that it returns securely.
NS instruments are designed to fit standard acoustic strings
Five and six string sets may be hard to find, but the extra strings
are available directly from NS Design Dealers.
For 5 and 6 string instruments use a standard 4 string set for the A, D, G, and C
strings. For the high E string, use a plain unwound guitar
high E or B string. The ideal gauge is .012 to .016 inch diameter.
Helicore F strings are available directly from NS. The low cello F string is
not commonly available. However, a flat wound heavy gage electric
bass A string should work as a substitute.
Adjust bridge height with screws under the bridge, accessible
from the back. Changing the relative height of the highest and lowest
strings may cause the strings to move sideways in relation to
the fingerboard. The bridge can be moved sideways by pushing
it firmly to align the strings with the fingerboard as required.
However, string tension should be reduced before attempting to
move the bridge.
Always unplug the bass when not in use to save the batteries. Change
both 9 volt batteries at the first sign of distortion. These
are located on the bottom end of the instrument, and can be removed
by loosening the small screw and rotating the tab to allow the
batteries to slide out.
Neck relief can be adjusted using a hex wrench. The truss rod
adjustment is accessed through the open headstock just under the
nut. Clockwise rotation tightens the truss rod to decrease
neck relief. The fingerboard is graduated with more relief
under the lower strings for optimum playability.
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