Bridge Aquila Octave 4 or 5 String Violin
4 0r 5 string, 4 string tuned to GDAE an octave below the Aquila. The 5 string version is tuned CGDAE. The Aquila Octave is an easy transition from an acoustic violin, with the benefits of low volume for practice, and high volume for performance with no feedback!
The Aquila Octave allows the violinist to almost cover the cello register making it useful for building string sections, and accompanying treble voices and instruments, as well as purely solo.
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Also view and listen to the Bridge Aquila Octave Artists in concert, and their opinions of the violin.
The body is hollow, moulded from a Kevlar and carbon fibre composite with a high strength to weight ratio. The hollow body generates a sound profile within the body structure presenting an open sound without the use of reverb or delay. It is smooth and forgiving when played and allows low volume practice without the use of headphones or amps. Highly stable across temperature and humidity ranges.
Inspired by the Stadivari 1710 Viola da Gamba, and modified to the modern sized peg box ,this headstock has become the trademark of the Bridge Instruments. The distinctive shield, through peg box and neck is carved from a single maple block.
Pegs and Strings
The high quality ebony pegs are professionally fitted to give a smooth tuning action. The Aquila Octave is fitted with Super Sensitive Octave or Thomastic Superflex Oktavgeige strings.
Fingerboard and nut
The ebony fingerboard and nut are professionally shaped to modern standard orchestral measurements, allowing for the heavier guage octave strings, and traditionally finished.
The bridge houses the ‘Bridge’ pick up system, a piezo crystal configuration. We designed the ‘Bridge’ pick up system specifically and only for use with our instruments. It is designed to pick up both the string vibration and the body resonance generated from the hollow composite body. Utilising all the properties of a traditional acoustic bridge it captures the warmth of tone synonymous with its acoustic counterpart, with no feedback.
All our electric range of instruments carry a volume and tone control, easily accessible for quick adjustment during performance. The tone control is a tilt control, not a boost/cut control, changing the tonal range of the instrument.
The battery holder is located neatly on the underside of the instrument. It houses a 3V coin cell battery, which keeps the instruments light, is readily available and easy to fit. It provides approximately 1000 hours playing time, and only drains whilst the jack is connected. Quick and easy to replace. The battery powers the Bridge Active Circuitry.
Bridge Active Circuitry
Each model has its own sophisticated and bespoke active circuitry frequency dedicated to each string configuration and designed to perform in conjunction with the BRIDGE pick-up system.
It supplies power to drive effects and radio packs and puts the string player on equal footing with every other amplified instrument in the band.
Tailpiece and Chinrest
All our electric range of instruments is fitted with a lightweight alloy tailpiece, fitted with integral individual tuners.
This is a Dresden style chinrest. The style may vary with availability, but will always be of equal quality.
Ebony endpin in keeping with the high quality ebony fittings of the Aquila Octave
Hard oblong case with shaped interior, 4 Bow Holders and plush red velvety lining.
Black Canvas Cover with large Music Pocket.
Black Fibre Bow with ebony frog, nickel fittings and winding.
Steeleye Span, Gig Spanner, Feast of Fiddles
Review of The BRIDGE Octave Violin
For the last few months I have been playing an amazing new violin developed by BRIDGE. It is the same size as their AQUILA violin, but tuned an octave lower. The sound is more like a cello than a violin, and i will always remember the first time I put bow to string and heard what this wonderful instrument has to offer – what a sound!
Head of Traditional Music, Glasgow Academy
Feast of Fiddles
My two Bridge violins are what I’ve been waiting for all my
playing life. They are the first electric instruments I’ve ever had
which are capable of giving me a truly acoustic sound when amplified.
The Brian McNeill Signature model just soars, and my Octave model comes
across on stage like the most responsive cello in the world. I just
don’t think they could be bettered.