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  • Interlochen 2014

    IMG_0303IMG_0572IMG_0567Hey all –

    I had a blast on Tuesday, July 8, performing with the Intermediate Jazz Ensemble up here at Interlochen in Northern Michigan.  We did the old David Sanborn/Bob James tune, Maputo from the mid 1980’s.  I have my CR4 violin up here and have been giving it a work-out, performing with various groups and doing some of my solo stuff as well.  Here are some pics from the Intermediate Jazz performance and an art exhibit opening that I played for last week.  (Drastically different weather!!)  For the solo stuff, I loop my guitar on a Boss RC 300 Loop Station, then play the head and solos on my CR4 or CR 5, depending on how I feel that day!

    I will be performing again with the jazz students tonight at 6:30 and will certainly be soloing with an orchestra or two as the summer progresses.

    Peace.

    Scott

  • NS-CR RADIUS Bass Guitar review in Bass Player Magazine.

     

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    By Ed Friedland

    While few dispute Leo Fender being hailed as the father of electric bass as we know it, Ned Steinberger may well be the father of electric bass as we never imagined it. His very first collaboration with Stuart Spector in the mid 1970s produced the iconic Spector NS-1 bass, and in the years that followed, his innovative designs literally changed the shape of electric bass with a focus on ergonomics, outside-the-box materials, and improved function. The Steinberger L2 bass (introduced in 1979) was revolutionary in concept, technology, and design; the headless, graphite axe with a minimalist body found its way into the hands of pioneering players like Tony Levin, Andy West, Bill Wyman, and Jamaaladeen Tacuma. The L2 spawned a myriad of imitators and has become a defining image of the 1980s music scene.

     

    Read more at:  http://bassplayer.com/basses/1165/ns-design-ns-cr-radius-bass-reviewed/31135

  • GHS Strings announces Crossover Upright strings for NS Design Electric Upright Basses

     

    New for 2014, GHS is proud to introduce the Crossovers, strings designed for any bass made to the NS EUB standard, including our own NXT and CR Series of Electric Upright Basses. Nickel-Iron Alloy 52 is wound over a round core wire and then micro-ground for a smooth, upright bass feel. GHS explains that this yields a string with a deep and focused fundamental tone, suitable for those needing both contemporary and traditional sounds.

  • Roland Guerin – At home in NOLA and the World

    guerinNS Design welcomes internationally acclaimed bassist, composer, and arranger Roland Guerin of New Orleans, LA, as an endorsing artist. Roland has recently added both the NS Double Bass and NS Omni Bass to his arsenal. Roland has a highly successful career as both leader and sideman on 100+ international albums, including appearances with John Scofield, Ellis Marsalis, Marcus Roberts and Mark Whitfield among many others.

    Roland is currently the Director of Music for the indie film “The Shotgun Waltz” which features many creative soundscapes and instruments including his NS Basses. This summer, he and his Omni Bass will share the stage with Allan Toussaint, Ingrid Lucia and Shannon Powell.

  • Les Claypool and Primus select East Coast USA dates:

     

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    Enigmatic and possibly the “world’s most interesting bass player” Les Claypool will be joining his band Primus, playing select East Coast US dates in June with dates following in September. You can also catch his storytelling Americana narrative group Duo De Twang on tour throughout the Summer. Always a showman with his unfettered and imaginative bowing on the NS CR5M Double Bass!
    Tour dates and news at: http://www.primusville.com/tour.html and http://lesclaypool.com/news/

  • Patrice Jackson-Tilghman—Embracing Technology in Classical Music

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    When classical soloists embrace new technologies, waves are sure to made. Burgeoning soloist Patrice Jackson-Tilghman dives headfirst into new waters incorporating her NXT-5 Cello, into her broad repertoire of orchestral solos. Described as a “big-toned, boldly projected soloist”, we can only imagine the wonderful tones Ms. Jackson will be creating with her NS Cello.

    A graduate of Juilliard and Yale, Ms. Jackson studied with Claude Frank and the Tokyo String Quartet at the Yale School of Music, and took master classes with renowned Brazillian cellist Aldo Parisot. She is currently an Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston. Performing with the Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, New Jersey, Milwaukee, Omaha, St. Louis, Nashville, Hartford, Colorado and Symphonies, and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among many others, Ms. Jackson has numerous awards and accolades from conservatories and juries worldwide.

    She plans to release a solo CD, featuring the NS cello, in Fall of 2014.

  • Temple Veil

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0pnsMSEj5w&feature=youtu.be Praise and Worship leader De Rock and his NS Violin in a catchy and moving tune “You” by Temple Veil. Be sure to catch them on tour this Summer throughout the US including Camp Abaco in Marsh Harbour, Bahamas. Tour dates and news

  • Firewater Junction – Rain Go Away

    If you are ever in Gatlinburg, TN, be sure to check out Firewater Junction and their fiery blend of bluegrass at Davy Crockett’s Tennessee Whiskey Distillery and Ole Smoky Moonshine Distillery. A great band with some big low end from the NS Omni Bass.

  • NS Design RADIUS Bass Guitar string change and tuning

    This new video highlights one of the unique features of the RADIUS bass: the tuning system, which features a self-clamping, precision tuning machine, built into the body. As Ned Steinberger demonstrates, this fast, simple system accepts any standard single-ball end, full-scale bass guitar string. No tools are needed: simply rotate the knurled knob to change a string or tune the instrument.

  • NS Design Adds CR4 to Radius Bass Guitar Lineup by Kevin Johnson of NoTreble.com.

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    Bass enthusiast Kevin Johnson of NoTreble.com is certainly excited about the new CR4 Radius Bass Guitar from NS Design.

    NS Design Adds CR4 to Radius Bass Guitar Lineup by Kevin Johnson of NoTreble.com:

    Following up on the introduction of the NS Radius Bass Guitar last year, NS Design has announced the CR4 Radius bass. The newest addition to the line is a 4-string version of the Czech Republic-made headless model.

    Similar to the CR5 Radius, the CR4 features bolt-on construction with the company’s Fusion one-piece maple neck, which features an embedded continuous carbon fiber core and adjustable truss rod. It’s matched with a Diradial body, which has is radiused on the front and back for comfort and playability. The fingerboard is ebony.

    The tuning system is also carried over with a special aluminum headplate with ball end mounting slots and a self-clamping tuning system on the bridge end of the bass. The system accepts regular ball-end strings and does not require special tools.

    The CR4’s pickups were made in collaboration with EMG and include a pair of magnetic pickups and a piezo. They’re paired with an 18V on-board preamp with a master volume control, Bass and Treble controls, a magnetic/piezo pickup blend, a 3-position magnetic pickup selector switch, and a 3-position EQ for the piezo.

    The NS Design CR4 Radius Bass Guitar will be available fretted or fretless with a retail price of $3,600.

    http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2014/02/15/ns-designs-adds-cr4-to-radius-bass-guitar-lineup/