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Samuel L Boogie
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Hello everyone,

 

Sad to report I have had no time for violin practice. Even my lunch time slot at work kind of dried up. 

 

But work is cooling off a bit and I hope to be back with more horrid videos soon.

 

FM have you still got any of those CF bows for sale? I am supposed to buy my self one for Christmas!

 

b-slap <--- that's what I've been feeling like for a while!

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Glad to see you're still alive, Samuel!

You fell off the radar just as the happypug voting was wrapping up, and I thought one of the competitors caught on to you and sent you for a one-way trip to the bottom of the English Channel.

 

We won, by the way. Thanks for the help.

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Samuel L Boogie said

But work is cooling off a bit and I hope to be back with more horrid videos soon.

 Impatiently waiting for your videos XD!!

 Glad to see You're back, Samuel L Boogie!! =)))

 

BTW, You can order the CF bow here:

http://fiddlershop.com

/i've ordered one too =)/

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Thanks Naska 🙂

Samuel, I was talking about you the other day with someone on the forum. We were wondering what happened to you.

Happy that you are back smile
Just buy the bow on my new site and authorise an additional $10 on your card for shipping. I have not set that up yet for the UK. 🙁 I will capture the right amount regardless of what you see when checking out. I am guessing that this should cover the cost but if it doesn't I will cover it myself.

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Thanks HC & Mad I hope not to disappear again quite so badly.

 

I am seriously considering buying an electric violin so I can practice at home with head phones. Should I be keeping anything in mind if I was to get one?

 

Also thanks FM I will do just that 🙂 Talking about me eh? All good I hope!

 

How was everyone's Christmas & New Years? We had a super busy but great time trucking the little one about to various places over the Christmas period. Wife still can't really drink due to baby feeding so I got to avoid the driving and get very festive 😀 

 

I received a music stand and a couple of books of music which is far to advanced for me (think we wish you a merry Christmas) so I better get cracking really.

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I just watched the Christmas video, wowawea that was rocking almost brought a tear to my eye right here in the office. Awesome stuff peeps.

 

Also Dam you is all pretty  😉

 

S.

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I am seriously considering buying an electric violin so I can practice at home with head phones. Should I be keeping anything in mind if I was to get one?

 

Just remember that an electric isn't totally silent.  It's loud enough that I've never had to use headphones with mine yet, I can hear it just fine and so can everyone in the room.  It's loud enough that my family doesn't let me play while watching TV, only during commercials (I'm in the same room watching with them).  I'd say if you were in another room and closed the door, they'd barely hear you though, at least not enough to bother them.

 

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I sit in the kitchen with my electric and little battery amp and no one says a thing.  If they can't hear the tv they just turn it up

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Thanks Kevin, unfortunately I have more issues with keeping wife and baby awake. I could turn the wife up I suppose but I'm not sure that would help matters. smile

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seriously  they are really quite quiet and if you are in another room you will not be heard even in the same room the volume is very low

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Kevin M. said

seriously  they are really quite quiet and if you are in another room you will not be heard even in the same room the volume is very low

duncecap My neighbours hear me if i play EV! !UNPLUGGED! (that's not a joke! i guess that walls are thicker in US) duncecap devildevildevil

Maybe i' should use my new MUTE (when it comes) for my e-violin?roflolduncecap

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Don't scare Samuel now. He just bought one. I know he is all excited. But seriously Sam, what people can here are the strings vibrating and not so much of the body of the instrument if you can imagine what that sounds like. Naska, I don't remember which model electric violin you have. Can you describe it or take a picture?

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You will love an electric violin Samuel. I just got a new electric for Christmas. A CEVN-3Y. It's awesome I can play in the  room and not disturb anyone. it has really increased my fiddle time. It's quite enough to practice around other people but you can still hear what you are playing. I very seldom use the headphones. Have decided what model you are going to get?

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Fiddlerman said

Don't scare Samuel now. He just bought one. I know he is all excited. But seriously Sam, what people can here are the strings vibrating and not so much of the body of the instrument if you can imagine what that sounds like.

LOL! Sam is a brave man and i don't think he is easy scareable =)roflEspecially if he knew what to buy!

Naska, I don't remember which model electric violin you have. Can you describe it or take a picture?

I have Brahner EV-503. It's heavy, loud, has trenches on the fingerboard, fingerboard was TOO LOW, so luthier had to rise it up! It's a HORRIBLE violin! I WILL NOT recommend it to anybody! When i was bying it, i didn't know a thing about how to choose one duncecap. It screwed up my left hand! 9 months - and my teacher still tries to correct my squeezing (rough shifting especially from I to III and back). Ofcourse i admit that this one that i have could be an outstanding defective example and i'm the unique looser that has it... But that was the only one that our store had.. except the Cremona that i couldn't afford =/ 

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Naska you are mean! Telling me all these horror stories 😉 That looks very much like the only affordable EV I have seen for sale in Europe, I didn't like the look of it. Fortunately I had the brilliant idea to just buy the EV that FM sells, I am a genius done

 

I went for the first model Paul, the one that is violin shaped. I didn't fancy any of the fruitier options, I did order it in white though surprised

 

Fortunately while my house is not huge it is large enough that I won't be playing in the room next to or below others so I'm sure it will be fine. I almost got away with it using a mute on the regular violin I had borrowed. If I wasn't making such terrible sounds I may have done at that.

 

I am very excited to be getting my first violin. It was very nice to be lent one but unfortunately it does have a very 'characteristics' which aren't exactly favourable. So hopefully new violin and bow will help me in my practice in more ways than just making me able to practice!

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Samuel L Boogie said

Naska you are mean!

facepalm LOL! I know rofl

Telling me all these horror stories 😉 That looks very much like the only affordable EV I have seen for sale in Europe, I didn't like the look of it. Fortunately I had the brilliant idea to just buy the EV that FM sells, I am a genius done

 

Yep, You are a genius! Unfortunately i'm not rofl.. Oh, i wish that someone was so mean with me to tell all the truth before i bought it... droolingroflduncecap =)

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Unfortunately, when I did the restore your pictures were lost. The restore had to be done from the last backup yesterday Naska. If you would like to edit your links and picture above, please do so. smile

Thanks

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I have a Cecillo CEVN-1 (electric) and I love it.  I think it's very well made and is a quality product.   I'm playing it all stock, unmodified with the bow and strings it came with and I've no complaints.  Now granted, I've little to compare it to except some really cheap Chinese made acoustics (and perhaps 1 Japanese one that's a bit better) and the Cecillo Electric is much nicer.  And of course, I'm a complete beginner so I'm totally unqualified to be reviewing violins!  That being said, the tuning pegs turn smoother, and the CEVN is easier to play as far as my being able to get somewhat decent sound out of it with less screeching.  The bow is the nicest I have - again I know that isn't saying much so take it for what it's worth.  It's very similar in construction and material to the others I have, but it's noticeably better constructed and just nicer.

 

I mentioned earlier that it's not totally quiet, but it's tons quieter than any acoustic violin.  The strings do vibrate of course but there's no sound board to amplify it.  You and everyone in a normal size family room will hear you play - how much it bothers others in the room naturally will vary!  My wife and kids only let me play during commercials if they're watching TV.  Go to another room and close the door, and perhaps turn on the TV or a radio to cover your playing and no one should complain.

 

The headphones that come with it are pretty cheap but that's to be expected.  I haven't really tried the pickup except to plug it into a guitar amp just to see if it worked so I really can't comment on that.  The case is very lightweight and seems of decent quality.  The violin is a bit heavier than my acoustics, but I don't know how that compares with any other EV.  Are all EVs heavier than acoustics?  The construction quality and fit and finish seem really good to me.  (I have the natural wood grain one) I think you'll be very satisfied with the Cecillo CEVN.

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WOW thrashercharged,

If you want to paste this review on my fiddlershop.com, I would appreciate it and I think others interested in buying this fiddle would too.
Glad to hear so many detailed descriptions about it. Very useful information. I too was impressed by this violin, especially for the money. I don't think my $4,000 Zeta is much better.

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Thanks thrashercharged, that was a super useful reply. I am now even more excited to get my hands on my new violin. 

 

I was told by my luthier that the one I have at the moment has a slightly warped neck leading to a higher than normal finger board and taller bridge I am hoping this is contributing to my issues getting good volume from closed strings. At the moment regardless of the amount of pressure I use I just can't get anywhere near and open string, which makes playing sound really uneven. He also told me my bow is way to heavy and this could be adding to my bouncing issues.

 

In happy news I have managed to shoe horn a couple of 10 minute practices in while the wife has been out and I don't appear to have gotten any worse for my long break. Admittedly I didn't exactly have much skill to lose lol!

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