the Pure Acoustic Product Range
The Skyinbow S1 is an affordable, lightweight and visually stunning
range of 4/5-string violins and violas. It feels and plays like
a traditional violin, using a regular bridge, fittings and strings.
Its proprietary pick up design produces an extremely natural
tone and yet enables it to be amplified to high volume levels,
making it ideal for use with modern concert sound reinforcement
systems and with other electronic instruments. In coming to
the market with an established product line in Skyinbow, Pure
Acoustic not only benefits from an established market but will
rapidly develop a wider range of lower cost models, employing
high quality industrial manufacturing techniques, to complement
the top range handmade models.
The Skyinbow Pure Acoustic pickup range is a market ready
product range, derived directly from the advanced active modular
preamplifier system originally developed for Skyinbow violins.
The proprietary piezo pickup is partnered with Pure
Acoustics unique miniature electronic preamplifier design,
to provide for the highly accurate, natural sounding amplification
of a whole range of string instruments, including all kinds
of acoustic guitars. These come in self-powered and phantom
powered variants1. The pickups have a unique construction that
accounts for their accuracy and the realism of their reproduction
of the sound of an acoustic instrument. The methods whereby
the pickup is fitted to an acoustic instrument are also unique.
The pickup systems are already in initial production.
The Linnd (pronounced Lin-dee; from an old Shetland dialect
word meaning Rest Ye) violin shoulder rest has been in development
for two years, with Thomas working with Johnson on his revolutionary
design. International patents are currently pending on the design.
Uniquely, it provides stability of rest and instrument by enabling
the rest to be fitted securely to the violin without over clamping
the rest and dampening the tone of the instrument. This solves
a perennial problem of all currently available rests, that they
splay under playing pressure and fall off, unless clamped to
a degree placing a constricting pressure on the instrument,
that affects its sound. Johnsons design solves the problem
with a cross-member that resists splay under pressure, allowing
the Linnd rest to be fitted loosely to the fiddle and to be
acoustically neutral. The improvement in tone and volume, when
using a Linnd rest is dramatically noticeable, both with extremely
expensive and more modestly priced violins.
The company is conservatively projecting sales of almost £350k
for 2011, rapidly rising to £870k in 2012 and almost
£2m in 2013, with volume manufacturing of the Linnd
rest accounting for more than 70 per cent of this turnover
1. phantom power: is a method for transmitting electrical
power (usually from a mixing desk) through audio connecting
cables to operate microphones or other electro-acoustic devices
that contain active electronic circuitry.
Pure Acoustic directors (L R) Richard Gleave, Kenny
Johnson and Robert Thomas
Tel +44 7977 410 444