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G'day people!

(Sterotype 1, check)

I am from Australia, commonly called the dead zone of class, culture and dvd/cd releases. But I am not bitter at all.

Since I am interested in learning the violin, but have no experience what so ever. I came here. I have seen a violin before, only once or twice though and I have never seen the electric breed.

Basically I live in the country and the nearest music shop is hundred k's away (60 miles I guess.) and even then it is slim findings. So I am forced to buy online.

Essentially I am going to buy an el cheapo (because I am skint) off ze internet and since it is a scary place I need help. I am looking at the Cecilio Eletric violin style 1 and wondering just how loud it is when played with headphones.  As I keep mostly the night hours and don't want to disturb the others in the house.

I know this sounds weird, but do you know of any videos that demonstrate the 'silent' playing of this violin?

Anyway thanks for putting up with this noob of music.

Cheers,

Quirk the squire of cardboard boxington. 

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It is about as loud as ploinking rather aggressively on an unplugged el-guitar.. But even more quiet if you play passively (As in not as loud as you possible can 🙂 As for videos.. It is kinda hard to get a clear picture from them. And I couldn't really find one either.

 

So it really depends on the house.. Would you be able to play in the same room as someone sleeping? No. Would you be able to play in the next room? Possibly. Depending on your walls.

Would you be able to play with at least two walls inbetween? Yes. At least it was never an issue for me. And my house carries the sound really, really well.

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Many thanks for the info.

 

I will be ordering the Cecilio electric violin soon. I'm trying to find a place in Australia that sells them, but no luck so far. If I have to I will have to get it from America, meaning I won't be able to send it back if a part is broken, as it will be too expensive.

Then I will have to get all the stuff I suppose. good thing this site has lots of tips for the noobs like me.

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I don't know how things are in your house but in mine I couldn't wake the dead with an electric violin unless it was plugged in.  We live in the mountains in a very rural area, nearest town is two small blocks with four bars so it's very quite here and the dogs and people in our house sleep right through it.

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I may be able to help you. I just sent an electric violin to Samuel. I want to wait and see how it all turns out. I also just sent a violin to the Netherlands. Usually the postage ends up costing you around $54 including insurance at $4.50 or so. I was able to test their instruments and even Skyped them to show them before sending because, like you said, it would be a big deal to pay for shipping two ways just to return something. Both of the instruments that I got from Cecilio were in great shape and you will surely be hearing from Sam about that next week I am sure.

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When it arrives I shall update you on the condition and such. I got style 1 in black, mostly cause the others looked too weird for me.

Though how I am to tell if it any good is a problem. I know the first say, five or so years will be mostly cats fighting on a hot tin roof. But I expect to be able to make something akin to music one day.

I live on the edge of a small town in the country, neighbour is about 100 metres away and there are two walls between me and ze others. So hopefully I will be able to practice without causing alarm to people.

Next thing you know I will be the next Apocalypticathumbs-up. Listen to their version of Hall of the Mountain King and you will understand. Though they do have long hair and play cello's

One day when I know if I like playing and if I am any good I will get a better violin.

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Welcome to the site and good luck with the fiddle. thumbs-up

I have an electric and when I plug in head phones I can play as loud as I like and not disturb anyone.violin-student

I have also found that the electric is a lot more forgiving than my acoustic as far as intonation.

But in the end I always go back to the acoustic.violin-student

So I have to ask. Do yall really BBQ a lot of shrimp down there?dancing

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Welcome to the forum, Quirk! =)

Quirk said

I live on the edge of a small town in the country, neighbour is about 100 metres away and there are two walls between me and ze others. So hopefully I will be able to practice without causing alarm to people

Lucky You! I have neighbours EVERYWHERE around our apartment rofldevil... and practice with my acoustic one... without a mute... =)... dreaming about 100 metres..amuse LOL

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BBQ shrimp?

Good to see that ad campaign still has impact.

Personally I don't like shimps and such, but yes most people do, lots of shrimps on the BBQ. Mostly around christmas.

My violin posted today, so with normal US-Australia postage. I say I will get it just before the end of feb, earliest. So yeah. Going to borrow my brother's amp and wait until people are out of the house and see what is sounds like with that. Of course that is once I can get it to stop squealling.

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Good onya Quirk ... I'm also an Aussie, and also looking at buying a Cecilio electric.  And, like you, I've searched for one in Oz to no avail, so I'll be ordering mine from KK Music Store in the US.  

Let me know how yours goes, I'd be interested in your experience.

BTW ... I'm not a fan of 'shrimps' on the barbie either.

Cheers

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I don't think that KK ships outside of the country but you let us know.
I sell the same instruments at the same prices as kk. I get them directly from Ceciliomusic.com
What I do is order them here and ship them from here. I must of course charge for shipping and the profit is next to 0 to begin with so if you must make a return it ends up costing a couple directions of shipping for you.
Even though the margins are minimal, I am glad to do it as a service to gain happy customers to Fiddlershop.com
Just remember that returns can cost you.
Sam ordered a CEVN-1W from Fiddlershop.com on Thursday last week which is at customs now. You will probably here from him soon about it.

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There's one on ebay for US$104.99. Postage to Oz is $49.99

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/180.....213wt_1135

Woo hoo !! Guess who's doing the review on that listing?

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I bet that is Cecilio Music themselves because that is way below MAP pricing and basically cost. The only ones that can make a profit at that price is Cecilio Music. Probably they can only sell at that price overseas.

I guess I sold my soul to the devil-violin

Or maybe not. dazed

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It's listed as KK Music store2

Los Angeles

dunno

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Figures. But I like the company anyway. As far as I know they always treat their customers right when it comes to exchanges and such. You can't say that about every company.

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I brought my violin from one of those KKmusic stores on ebay, they have two. I went with the auction to save a buck or two.

Here is hoping that it is all good when it arrives. I just want something to practice on. cow-fingerscrossed

I think I really should be investing in some good head phones, any one know any good ones I can get?

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As a Pom, it's great to see an Aussie progress from spoons and pebbles in an empty tinnie to a proper instrument. cool

Hope you get sorted an playing ASAP

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Just recieved it today, which nearly killed me with surprise. It usually takes nearly a month to get cd's from the US. So apparently the smaller the item the longer it takes to send. Never going to order a quark from the US.

Anyway apart from the profusion of problems derived from the weakest factor in the package, ergo me. It is all good. I managed to actually make some notes. Not sure if they were the right ones, but hey it worked.

Now I just need to figure out how to hold every thing, to work everything and how not to break anything.laugh

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Hey Quirk, I'm so glad you've got a good one with no problems.  I've also never had anything delivered from the US within a month.

Keep us posted on your progress.dancing

@ Terry ... I take offence at your remarks ... I've never ever touched a tin can full of pebbles ... BTW, do you know where I can get tuition on that one?  Spoons I can handle, they're easy.  ROFLMAO

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Sorry for the delayed posting here.

I did as FM knows receive my Celcilio EV and it was all ship shape. Personally I ordered from FM because I love this site and wanted to show some support, however I would also recommend him as he did indeed check the violin out for me as well as making some changes. He even played it for me over Skype.

All this meant that I could be sure that the violin was tiptop before it was shipped. There have been some posters on here who have had to return these their Celcilio EVs and as FM already mentioned return postage would not be something I wanted to experience! 

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