For NS Violin

Getting comfortable with your violin is an important for successful practice and performance. The instrument is cradled intimately against the body, yet all players are shaped differently. The new 'Custom' Shoulder Rest for the NS Violin can be formed by the player to fit his or her body perfectly. Firm foam is backed by a layer of malleable aluminum that can be bent with thumb and forefingers to mold the rest into virtually any position. Once the shoulder rest is formed, the shape remains fixed, providing a secure structural platform.

Read the announcement of the Custom Shoulder Rest on our news site.

For NS Violin & Viola

NS violin players have often requested an easy way to safely set their instrument down when not playing. NS Design is happy to announce the new Violin/Viola Mic Stand Caddy. Designed to cradle NS Design violins or violas, the unit mounts to any mic stand with a standard 5/8 inch thread, and provides the player with ready-to-grab convenience, in the studio or on the stage.

Four rubberized arms are positioned to match the unique contours of the NS violin or viola, while a cutaway on the padded back plate allows the instrument cable to remain attached if desired. The caddy also features a hook for the bow.

For Cello, Omni Bass and Bass
(patent pending)

    • Complete freedom of movement for Cello, Omni Bass, and Bass players.
    • Strap holds instrument firmly in virtually any position with instant adjustment for bow and pizzicato technique.
    • Support arms conform to player's body for stress-free comfort and balance.

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The Boomerang Strap System gives the player full mobility, and the freedom to play in virtually any position without stress and fatigue. The simple design incorporates two support arms and a pivoting friction hub that holds the instrument firmly in place, yet allows the instrument to be moved into virtually any position in relation to the hands and body as it is played.

The secret of the Boomerang Strap is that the instrument can be rotated into place without moving the strap itself. With the strap over the shoulder like a guitar, the arms adjust to a comfortable position against waist and hips. The player can now move the instrument into the ideal playing position without changing the position of the strap; vertical, horizontal, or anywhere in between, with the fingerboard and strings tilting in toward the body or away, the strap system still remains in place, firm and comfortable against the body. The result is freedom of expression with unprecedented comfort for bow and pizzicato styles of play.

The Boomerang system fits all models of the Omni Bass, NS Double Bass, and NS Cello. The strap system screws into the same mounting insert that is used to for the Tripod & End Pin Stands so that all three support systems are easily interchanged.

Download the Boomerang Strap instructions in pdf format.
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For Cello and Bass

The Frame Strap System is a moving experience guaranteed to make you smile! The freedom of full mobility, only a dream for the cellist or upright bassist, is now a reality. The Frame Strap System fits over the shoulder like a guitar strap, but holds the instrument out from the body in the ideal position for bow and pizzicato technique.

Tony Levin, NS Double Bass with Shoulder Strap

Lightweight frame design has triangulated body contact points to provide a high degree of stability and comfort.

Convenient height and angle adjustments allow players to accommodate personal styles of play. In addition to the vertical position, the neck can be angled horizontally like a guitar for picking and strumming.

A single wing nut secures the instrument in place for fast set-up and breakdown. The strap system fits both cello and double bass.

Virtually all traditional playing techniques are possible, including thumb position. The instrument neck is tilted back and close to the shoulder, but the body angles out, away from the body for excellent bow access across the full arc of play. This angle also helps traditional cello and bass pizzicato technique to sound and feel natural.

For Cello and Bass

Cello on Tripod Double Bass on Tripod

The tripod stand provides stable support for both the NS Cello and Double Bass. Full height and tilt adjustments allow the player to select the ideal position, seated or standing. the stand folds for storage and fits in the gig bag.

Open and secure the legs so that the two front legs give the widest possible stance (as shown). The back leg should be at a slight angle, so that the main post tilts back slightly.

Mount instrument to stand using the large (5/16") thumb screw. Adjust as desired, making sure that the weight of the bass is centered and stable on the stand.

Note that the stand is designed to be highly adjustable, and therefore the bass 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 bass so that each leg lifts slightly, and be sure that it returns securely.

For Cello and Bass

Double Bass on End Pin Cello on End Pin

Designed to work with CR Series Cello or Bass stands, the stand converter head and foot pieces attach to the tripod stand to support the end pin stand when not in use, as shown at the left.

The cello end pin has traditional knee and chest contact points for seated play. the height, knee rest position and instrument angle are adjustable. The knee rest folds so the stand fits in the gig bag.

Download the Cello End Pin Stand instructions in pdf format.
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For Cello and Bass

The stand converter head and foot pieces attach to the tripod stand to support the end pin stand when not in use, as shown at the left.

The U-shaped head piece screws into the top of the tripod stand using the large mounting bolt, as shown in the picture to the right. The small knob can be screwed in to keep the end pin stand in place.

The foot is installed by inserting the small aluminum hook into the hole at the bottom of the tripod stand. The foot must be tilted up, as shown below left, to allow entry of the hook into the stand.

When the hook is all the way up into the stand, simply tilt the foot forward into its final location. Tilt it back up to remove.

Download the End Pin Conversion Kit instructions in pdf format.

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