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Using a new technology (patent pending) developed at Zeta Systems the VSC 1 allows the violinist complete access to synthesiser technology while in no way compromising his playing style.

The instrument is hand crafted from choice hardwoods and incorporates four independent full range pick-ups mounted in the bridge, one per string, to produce a complete quad signal devoid of I-M distortion. Other features include four laser trimmed position transducers mounted in the fingerboard, triggers and pitch and amplitude control voltages for each string, phase-locked loop auto tune circuitry to constantly maintain tuning between string and synthesiser and a sophisticated seven stage remote footswitch.

Front panel controls include master and fine tuning as well as a variety of performance options all in a compact two space rack mount unit and the full system retails for under $5,000. Custom orders are accepted and violins are available separately.

For further details contact Zeta Systems, (Contact Details).


New from Gibson is a Chet Atkins Custom Electric guitar. Two special acoustic chambers lie beneath the solid spruce top and each string has its own plastic saddle and piezo pickup. Overall string balance is achieved via a small circuit board with each pickup having its own miniature volume control situated on the rim of the guitar.

The 'CE' neck version has a classical feel and the 'CE-C' neck has a full width classical neck with a wide flat fretboard. Each limited-edition guitar comes with a parchment paper individually signed by Chet Atkins.

Further details from Rosetti & Co. Ltd., (Contact Details).


JVC (UK) Ltd have just introduced the KB500 portable stereo keyboard, stereo sound is provided through its built-in speakers or by linking to a hi-fi system.

An 'Ultra-chord' facility converts melody notes into full chords enabling the player to use complex chording techniques using only one finger, and a 'Compucorder' system allows programmes of up to 42 bars of accompaniment chords and chord changes for up to three different pieces of music — 126 bars in all.

There are eight different instrument sounds: clarinet, harpsichord, Hawaiian guitar, jazz organ, jazz flute piano, organ and vibraphone and the makers claim that this is the only single keyboard to have two ensemble settings — Brass and Strings. The KB500 has a microphone socket, phono socket and can be played from the mains or using batteries.

Details from JVC (UK) Ltd., (Contact Details).


Celestion has introduced a new pair of acoustic lenses for use with the company's HF50 and RTT50 professional horn tweeters. Acting as angle-dependant delay lines they give a broad, flat-fronted coverage pattern and are recommended for short throw use.

The A17 is designed to fit the HF50/50X, measures 198x125 mm. and retails at £10.78. The AL12 is designed for the RTT50/50X, measures 308x125 mm. and retails at £14.00. Both prices include VAT.

Details from Celestion International, (Contact Details).


The PL88 is a single D cardioid vocal microphone which has the correct amount of bass boost (proximity effect) when used close up and features a built in 'Acoustifoam' blast filter and a shockmounted head.

With a frequency response of 60-1300Hz it can also be used for miking up instruments. For instrumental use the variable bass response can be utilised to achieve clean bass pick up at a distance of 60cm. By moving the PL88 a few more centimetres the bass will be increased.

The PL88 is available in high and low impedance versions (150 ohms and 47,000 ohms) and both retail at £49.75 plus VAT.

Details from Electro-Voice Division, (Contact Details).

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