Tuned to EADG the Cetus is an easy transition from an acoustic double bass, with the benefits of low volume for practise, and high volume for performance with no feedback!
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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 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. Very 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.
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 carries 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.
Classic ebony tailpiece.
The battery powers the Bridge Active Circuitry and is located neatly on the back of the instrument. It houses a 9V 9 battery which is readily available and easy to fit. It provides approximately 3000 hours playing time, and only drains whilst the jack is connected. Quick and easy to replace.
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.
Ebony endpin with brass ferrule and screw. The spike is protected with a removable rubber cap.
¼ inch jack – musical instrument standard. The switch jack system automatically switches the active circuitry on and off as the jack is inserted or removed.
Andreas Bennetzen or Andy Benz Danish double bassist & composer
Plays with –
Michael Buble, Alison Moyet, Booty Luv, Talc, David Grya, Charlotte Church, Paul Anka, Lucie Silvas, Nelli Furtado, Sugar Babes
Jonathan Giles Moss
BMus(TCM) LRAM PGDipRAM
Founder member of Licence to Celeidh
Urban Soul Orchestra, Bampton Classical Opera, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, London Handel Orchestra, The Sixteen, The English Consort, Iford Opera, National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland, Orchestra of St John’s and various Pop and Jazz bands.
Finally, an electric Double Bass that sounds as stylish as it looks. A well constructed, very capable gig machine.
Double bassist and orchestral arranger.
Riverdance, the Irish Opera Theatre, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Irish Film Orchestra in several movie soundtracks, including ‘The Mask’ and ‘The Age of Innocence’.