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"Silent" violins for practice not such a new idea?
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http://www.pamelasmusic.co.uk/.....Vod130.htm

 

Apparently the concept has been around for more than a century, at the least. 

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Looks like somebody could just put on a bridge with a built-in pickup and have a good electric and a great conversation piece.

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Looks heavy!

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@RosinedUp: Yes, it is actually pretty similar to some styles of modern electric.  I'd say you're right and a piezo pickup would be all it would take to have it functional as one.

 

@Mad_Wed: Not knowing what wood the "body" is made from, it's hard to speculate how much it might weight.  But yeah, it does look like it's probably rather heavy for a violin.  That may have been intentional, though.  So the player could practice on something quiet and heavy, and then when they switched over to their acoustic it would feel like it weighed almost nothing.  Kind of like how some runners wear or carry extra weights when training to build up their strength and endurance more.

 

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Mad_Wed said
Looks heavy!

In fact it looks like its make from 2x4 lumber. This looks like a good simple project. I think I'll make one of these this summer. Great find Daniel.

 

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You're right, Daniel. I was thinking about that violinists didn't use the shoulder-rests 100 years ago - so i can't imagine, how they held that one =/ It might be lighter than a modern electric (some types of), but those times i guess it was possible to hold it only on the collarbone dunno I'd not dare to make that trick =)

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