Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Electric / Silent Violins

My first Electric violin was a Yamaha SV-100 "silent violin".  This instrument was built for practicing.  It was basically a violin peg box and neck with some electronics and battery attached, strings and a bridge.  I loved it.  I rigged up a 1/4" jack so I could plug it into an amplifier.  I played it on stage in my country band, Wild Heart.  It was fantastic.  I think I paid under $500 for it new.  After a couple years, I upgraded to an electric 5 string violin by Straus (a Korean company that became Daewon Musical Instruments), which I took with me to perform in a World Music festival in Egypt at the Great Pyramids in '99.  It was a lot heavier, but set up to be plugged into an amp and therefore had much better electronics.  I sold that little Yamaha to a student, Katherine First, who became the fiddler for Dicey Riley, an Irish rock band from Springfield, MA.  I stopped needing an electric in the 2000's, first because my Irish quartet Woodkerne had taken off and we were playing mostly traditional music, and second because my Bluegrass band The Americana Project was mostly mandolin.  I sold the Straus on Ebay for about what I paid for it.  I should have kept it because they are not available any more.

Anyway, I'm back in the Electric / Silent Violin market because I'm advising some students on what instruments to buy and why.

My favorite is the Cecilio Electric / Silent Violin.  You can get one on Amazon.com for about $119 plus shipping (unless you have Prime, then shipping is free), or you can get it from me for $99, and pick it up in Granby if you like.  I take PayPal.  I ship anywhere in the world via DHL Express and FedEx Ground here in the US.  Simply send the amount to sweetmusic@protonmail.com plus $25 for shipping/handling and I will pack and ship it promptly.

Here's what I like about it:

  • Size 4/4, style 2 electric / silent violin in black metallic varnish (full size)
  • Hand-carved solid maple wood body with ebony fingerboard, pegs, chin rest and tailpiece with mother of pearl inlay
  • Powered by a 9V Alkaline battery (included)
  • Includes: lightweight hard case, Brazil wood bow with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, quality rosin cake, a bridge, aux cable, and headphones
  • 1 Year Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects

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