Ns design WAV 5 string elec cello any good??

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    Probably gonna pick one up on wednesday. Been wanting to play cello for literally over 2 decades. Been trying to form a symphonic metal band and cant find string players so its like the universe is telling me its time!

    Anyone have experience with the ns design wav 5 string electric cello?
     
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    The Wav basses I've seen have been quality.
     
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    No personal experience but I've heard the radius of their bridges get flatter as they add more strings. People coming from acoustic 4 string cellos have trouble with bowing accuracy (ie not unintentionally hitting adjacent strings) on the 6 string CRs in particular. I imagine 5 strings are somewhere in between.

    Personally, I'd say if you want to learn cello, start on acoustic if possible. There are things about technique and tone production on cello which will apply to electric instruments but are much more obvious on an acoustic. Getting a rental instrument and at least a few months of lessons with a decent teacher would be well worth it IMO, even if you intend to transition to only electric for the long term.
     
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    Been looking at one for the wife. Please post your review when/if you get it.

    The anecdotal information I've heard is that a low-end acoustic is better than a low-end electric, a mid-range electric is WAY better than a mid-range acoustic, and a high-end acoustic is better than the mid-rand electric (There are no high-end electrics).
     
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    Hey folks. So as much as id LOVE a beautiful old haunted antique acoustic cello i simply and literally dont have the room for one plus i plan on playing in a metal band where there would certainly be noise problems micing an acoustic in such a loud setting, and i want to add effects too, reverb etc.

    Anyway last week i ordered the ns design WAV 5 string. It was the least expensive option at about $1600 (canadian).
    I wanted the 5 string so i have the 3 octaves to work with when skipping strings. I I expect to suck for a good while lol. Whenever i order stuff from my music store it usually takes months and months for it to arrive but once i get it ill share my impressions!
     
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    This is probably generally true but really low-end acoustics can be pretty shifty. I recently got an unbranded Chinese import as part of a package deal that got me a stand, pickup and case for cheap. The fingerboard has a high spot that needs to be planed, but surprise! It's not ebony, it's some other kind of wood with a hard black finish. :lol: The string hole in one of the pegs was drilled diagonally, so one side goes into the peg hole in the side of the peg box, which pushes the string out. :lol::lol: Remarkably, the thing's made out of solid wood and seems to sound OK considering the garbage strings that are on it. Still, I gave it to my dad and after hearing him play it my non-musician wife remarked, "It sounds nothing like your cello."

    Also, what price ranges would you say correspond to low-end, midrange and high-end for cellos? If "high-end" are the masterbuilt, professional-level instruments that start at about $10k, then you're right, there are no production high-end electrics (that I'm aware of). But the Czech-made NS cellos can be north of $3k, and if that's "midrange," you can get a good-quality Eastman for that kind of money.

    I still maintain that time on an acoustic will make you a better cellist, regardless of what you play on stage. Can't argue with space constraints, though!

    Are you going with a high E or Low F? Definitely let us know how it goes. You're probably going to have a lot of fun!
     
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    Oh definitely going with the low F! I only play 8 string guitar so naturally that will work together very nicely when i am working on my own stuff. Im really looking forward to it! Ive got a new project in the works and hopefully have most of the members on stand by, need to get working on songs!
     

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