The NXTa active series cello, available with 4 or 5 strings, fretless or fretted, opens up new vistas for the serious cellist. Crafted in the Czech Republic by the makers of the renowned CR Series, NXT series cellos exemplify flawless workmanship at an exceptional value. This listing is for the 5-String model in Satin Black finish. Includes padded gig bag & tripod stand. Free shipping within the continental US!
As a pure electric instrument, the NS cello has certain built-in advantages over an acoustic. One is the virtual absence of wolf tones, an unfortunate fact of life for the acoustic cellist. Another is freedom from feedback in amplified performance settings, which means that the cellist can move about the stage at will, and better yet, can take solos at any volume. Since 100% of the sound comes via the pickup, using looping and other electronic effects in live performance is much easier and far more effective than with an amplified acoustic, where much of the unprocessed sound "leaks" out to the audience.
The tone quality and dynamic range of the NXTa cello owes much to the self-powered NS Polar™ Pickup System. Employing special piezo crystals, mounted beneath the bridge, the pickup captures the full sound spectrum created by the strings and body of the instrument. Arco versus Pizzicato playing creates more vibration energy in one direction than the other, and a convenient switch on the side of the NXTa actually allows the player to select sensitivity for either mode. The result is either more percussive response, or smoother and sustained response, adding a new dimension to what the player can create musically.
Dual Mode Output - The new dual mode signal output electronics of the NXTa take the convenience, versatility and performance capability of the NXT to another level.
Active Mode - Using the supplied charger, the NXTa connects into any AC outlet for 60 seconds, powering the capacitor-powered active circuit for 16 hours from the time of the charge. The instrument can then be plugged straight into any low or high impedance device, no direct box necessary. Since there is no signal loss over the full frequency spectrum of the instrument, the fundamentals of every note remain clear and strong, even with extra-long cables.
Passive Mode - The NXTa can be played in this mode when using a direct box or an amplifier with high impedance input. (This mode provides performance capabilities identical to the original NXT.)
Eco-Friendly Operation - NXTa instruments are battery-free, eliminating the hassle and cost of batteries while helping protect our environment.
The solid maple body and neck along with the graduated fingerboard contribute to the delivery of a rich, full tone that rings true for every note. Asymmetrical fingerboard relief provides extraordinary ease of playability from the lowest to the highest positions. To suit individual player preferences, the fingerboard relief can be adjusted via the truss rod in the neck, and the string height is readily adjustable at the bridge.
NS Electric Strings and most traditional acoustic strings fit all NS cellos, allowing the player to select from a wide range, each with a unique sound a feel. In combination with the easy adjustment of basic set-up parameters, the NXTa Series Cello is adaptable to a nearly limitless range of music styles.
A fully adjustable tripod stand can be used seated or standing. The optional Cello End Pin Stand provides the seated cellist familiar points of thigh contact and position. The Boomerang™ Strap System or the Frame Strap System allows the cellist to stand up with full mobility for a new experience of freedom and expression. An escutcheon pin on the neck, corresponding to the location of the heel on an acoustic cello, is standard; a more conventional wooden neck heel is also available for installation.
LENGTH: 94.2 cm (37")
WIDTH: 13.9 cm (5.5")
THICKNESS: 9.4 cm (3.7")
4 string: 1.9 kg (4.1 lbs.)
5 string: 1.9 kg (4.2 lbs.)
SCALE LENGTH: 69.5 cm (27.36"")
BODY/NECK: Solid, straight grain maple, with maple face (Satin Black model) or flame maple face (Sunburst model) on body. Brass escutcheon pin on the rear of the neck serves as a reference point corresponding to the heel of an acoustic cello.
FINGERBOARD: Hand-graduated. Intonation referenced with cascading dot markers. NXTa cellos are also available with fretted fingerboards.
4 string tuning: C G D A
5 string tuning: Low F C G D A; High E tuning also available by request: C G D A E
STRINGS: NS Electric Cello Strings supplied; the NS is designed to fit and is compatible with most standard strings.
TRUSS ROD: Single Action.
TUNING HARDWARE: Fully encased worm gear tuners, black finish.
BRIDGE PICKUP: The NS Cello features the Polar bridge-mounted piezo pickup system which responds selectively to either vertical vibration (for the sustained plucked sound, like an electric bass guitar), or lateral vibration (for dynamic bowing, and a percussive plucked sound).
ELECTRONICS & CONTROLS: Rotary volume control; Tone control (treble roll off), with push-pull selection between Active and Passive output mode; Arco/Pizzicato toggle switch.
Our online manager Kristen Jones selected NS Design instruments as one of her Staff Picks!
"It's no exaggeration to say this instrument changed my life! Its compact size allows me to tour in a small vehicle with my band. I play a CR series cello which is a step up from the NXT, but this series offers incredible tone and playability for the value. With no effects, this instrument has a very realistic cello tone - but you can also use it with effects/processors, of course. And I make frequent use of the pizzicato tone setting, which amplifies the bass frequencies and really sounds like an upright bass (I get gigs as a bass player on it!). The tripod stand is adjustable to either sitting or standing height. The cello is a breeze to tune, is easy to play in the high register (position dots!!), cooperates in hot & cold weather, and just LOOKS cool - it gets a lot of attention at performances. Highly recommended to any cellist who's looking to play amplified and/or needs an instrument that's easy to travel with. Try it with the Fishman Loudbox Mini or Mini Charge for a great-sounding combination."