Celebrating the 20th anniversary of NS Design’s founding, this special limited edition of the NXT four-string upright bass is now available to consumers. Featuring a cream finish, each of these instruments will be signed on the back by Ned Steinberger. Only 20 were produced for the U.S. market. You can click on the pictures below […]
NS Design presents 20th Anniversary NXT upright bass to Museum of Making Music
On January 16th, at the 2010 Winter NAMM convention, NS Design presented the Museum of Making Music with the first of a Limited Edition NXT upright electric bass, created in celebration of 20th Anniversary of the founding of NS Design by Ned Steinberger. Museum curator Tatiana Sizonenko, along with and Carolyn Grant, museum executive director, […]
NS Design and D’Addario to launch NS Electric Strings
In partnership with D’Addario, NS Design has developed a full range of NS Electric strings. These steel-cored strings are available in standard lengths for violin, viola, and cello. Smooth-polished Omni Bass strings will also fit any standard 34″-35″ bass guitar, giving a rich bass tone and clear singing upper register. Upright bass strings are available […]
D’Addario videos feature NS Violin
Scott Laird, NS Design’s ambassador to the world of string education, has produced a series of videos for D’Addario strings introducing aspects of the electric violin. Using his CR-4 as an example, Scott talks about amps, effects, tone controls, and what to look for in your first electric violin. Check them out! Transitioning from an […]
We have a winner!
NS Design is pleased to announce the name of its new line of electric bowed instruments: the NXT series. The NXT name was selected from among over 1,100 entries in an online contest, held from June 1st to June 15th. Bass-player Catherine Konrath made the winning entry—time-stamped at 3:27 PM EST on June 1st. However, […]
The Black Violin
Back in the NS Design shop this month, after 12 years’ absence, was a very rare instrument. Known simply as “the black violin”, it’s a prototype that Ned built by hand shortly after leaving Steinberger Sound Company. He says that in many ways, it’s the culmination of the design ideas he began working on with […]
In Prague to visit the NS factory, I came across the “Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra” playing 1920s Jazz on the beautiful Charles Bridge. What caught my eye was the violinist, who was playing a strange hybrid violin with a brass horn wrapped around the back of his head. I introduced myself to Jan Simunek, […]
Yes I play a Steinberger (old & new)
We’ve just sent a formal mailing announcing this blog to the thousands of people who’ve signed up to be on NS Design’s mailing list over the years. We’ve had some great letters from musicians whose careers Ned’s instruments have shaped. Bassist Jonn Stevens wrote a touching note about his Steinberger bass and his NS Bass […]
Win a WAV!
Strings magazine is giving away an NS design WAV violin! Enter their online contest by filling out the form on this page. Strings says: “The WAV is famous for its affordability, but it doesn’t get more affordable than free! So enter today for your chance to win your own, courtesy of Strings magazine and NS […]
Once you are accustomed to the Balanced Shoulder Rest, the chin rest is optional. Here’s a solution that eliminates the chin rest and the chin rest arm entirely.
WAV violin makes a splash on fiddleforum.com
Over the past few months, forum-goers on fiddleforum.com have been raving about NS Design’s new line of WAV violins. Here’s an excerpt: Plugged into a Roland AC60, the thing just… sounded like a violin! Amazing. Without any reverb or ambience at all (except the natural reverb from the room) it sounded really, REALLY good… very […]
Boomerang Strap System receives US Patent
The Boomerang Strap System is now U.S. Patent number 7,485,785. You can check out the patent on the US Patent and Trademark Office’s website