• Katie Larson

    Cellist/vocalist/bassist/guitarist Katie Larson with her band The Accidentals are embarking on a Fall tour supporting their fourth record release Vessel.  Katie plays the NS NXT5a Electric Cello, adding both bowed melodies and plucked bass lines to her lead vocal along with vocalist/guitarist/violinist Savannah Buist and percussionist Michael Dause.

     

    “If I had a young musician, I would get them to an Accidentals show. They set the bar for inspiration and their concerts are vaxxed and masked. Three women all playing multiple instruments insanely well, energy off the hook, and a killer drummer holding it down, this is the show to see.” – NPR

     

    Be sure to catch these amazing women who’s compositions and performances tie together the spirit of their journey during the past two years.  Tour Dates.

    Photograph of Katie Larson playing her NXT5a Electric Cello with The Accidentals.

    Katie Larson playing her NXT5a Electric Cello with The Accidentals.

    Captured in April 2021, at the Ann Arbor Folk Festival their poignant and touching tune Might As Well Be Gold brings together beautiful folk harmonies with rolling changes and rhythms.

     

    “We wrote Might As Well Be Gold as a reminder of what we have in the midst of what we have lost… there is so much to be thankful for even in the darkest hour, finding gratitude every day keeps the depression at bay and gives us a sense of hope and purpose. It’s part of our mental health improvement program over Covid. It’s one of those things that we will carry forward as we exit this space and continually adjust to new situations.” – The Accidentals

     

    Check out the reviews from The Accidentals latest release Vessel in Localspins and Northern Express publications.

     

     

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  • Laurie Anderson

    NS Design Artist and Electric Violinist Laurie Anderson has carved one of the most varied and storied careers as a truly unique, disparate and creative artists of the late 20th Century and recently receiving the acclaim and notoriety only a visionary as herself could receive, with her first Grammy Award in 2019 and performing as Resident Artistic Director at the SFJAZZ Center in 2020.   The Chicago suburban born Laura Phillips began violin at age five and at 72 years old is still searching and pushing the boundaries with her avante-garde multimedia performances charged with pioneering electronics and eccentric improvisations. Read More »

  • NS Design 5-String NXTa Radius Bass Guitar Review

    Bass Musician Magazine

    NS Design 5-String NXTa Radius Bass Guitar Review

    Author : Ty Campbell
    Date : 10-09-2018

    New from NS Design is the NXTa Radius Bass Guitar.

    If you aren’t familiar with NS Design instruments, you should know the NS abbreviation stands for Ned Steinberger. The way I see it, Leo Fender introduced us to the electric bass and Ned Steinberger has taken what Leo has done and added engineering and innovation Read More »

  • Watching for Foxes – Spring Tour 2017

    NS Cellist Geoffrey Kartes leads Michigan’s indie-rock outfit Watching for Foxes on the 2017 Spring Tour supporting their debut album Undone Bird.”

    “Watching For Foxes make every song feel like it’s that half-triumphant, half-weary, all-around cathartic march up the hilly knoll towards the unknowable-yet-still-hope-splashed horizon, as if every song were the build up to the closing credits of the indie-arthouse film of the story to your life. ” – Jeff Milo (Detroit Free Press, PASTE) – DEEP CUTZ Read More »

  • Bass Musician Magazine’s Year of the Luthier: Ned Steinberger – NS Design.

    by Raul Amador

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    AS WE WRAP UP THE YEAR OF THE LUTHIER CELEBRATIONS, I THINK IT IS ONLY FITTING TO HEAR FROM NED STEINBERGER!

    Ned worked closely with Stuart Spector (Our January cover)  in designing the first Spector bass and has been a pioneer in innovative instrument design. The entire line of stringed instruments, including basses, without a headstock are iconic and easily recognized in their unique physical characteristics and playability. Read More »

  • NS Design WAV4 RADIUS Bass Guitar Review – MusicPlayers.com

    Review by Kel Pilshaw.

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    Besides being a world-class instrument builder, Ned Steinberger has always had an appreciation for beauty and instrument aesthetics, and his design philosophies manifest themselves perfectly in his RADIUS electric bass line. The NS Design WAV4 RADIUS bass guitar is a fantastic professional instrument, delivering nearly everything we love about the Czech Republic-built RADIUS CR bass (in-depth review here) in a lower-priced, import version that retains the instrument’s great build, playability, and tone. Read More »

  • EXPERT REVIEW: NS CR5 RADIUS BASS GUITAR from Harmony Central

    A bass that can do it all…or at least come close enough for jazz.

    2015 Harmony Central - radius3-2b437b8bBy John McVarish

    I’m making a list

    So what does a demanding bassist require and how much are we (my significant other and I) willing to spend? First off, I’m old school and have never played in a pop band with a 5-string, but I’m ready to take the plunge. I’ve tried many 5-strings in stores and I want one that articulates well in the lows with a bottom B string that is more than a finger rest. For that, a 35” scale is near the top of my wish list. Read More »