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robin 87
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Hey i have playing the violin for 1,5 year now and now i Looking for a Electric Violin to buy and play on  ,,  but there are many to choose on...

Can someone tell me a good Electric Violin ? 1000-2500kr...

// Robin 

 

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Fiddlerman
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June 9, 2017 - 2:33 pm
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The Yamaha violins are great options.
What will you be using it for?

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i will use it to practise at home first ,

today i have an old violin to play with, Great violin, but problems where i live so thats why i Looking for some new to play on when iam at home and playing,

I have been looking around on the internet but there is so many To choose on,,  

 

You say Yamaha ? some one special?? 

Are "Stagg" good Electric Violins?? 

"Harley Benton" , from Thomann?? 

"Cecilio" ? 

 

Others?? 

 

//Robin

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BillyG
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June 10, 2017 - 3:29 am
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I can only comment on the Harley Benton (the Ferrari-red one) which I got around 3 years ago - it's "basic and cheap" but not by any means "nasty".   I had to do some minor "re-work" to stop an annoying rattle from within the electronics enclosure.   I have nothing else to compare it to, but, for silent practice it serves me well.   It comes with a pair of cheap headphones as well.   

On occasions I do amp it up and pass it through an ME80 effects box - that can sound quite interesting !

Good luck with your search !

EDIT: If your reason is to avoid "noise pollution" ( LOL ) have you investigated some of the mutes available for normal acoustic violins ?   Also, there are definitely two schools of thought on this - on a solid-body electric violin you simply do not get much of the usual body and inter-string resonances which can possibly be a "down-side" - but equally - I find it very "telling" if my intonation is out because you are NOT getting the 'richer' sound from the other resonances - my ear, for relative pitch, is pretty good and although I would describe the sound/tonality as "somewhat sterile" compared to a normal violin, personally, for intonation practice, I like the cleanness of sound and clarity from the solid-body EV...   But that's just me exactly

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I am a beginning violinist.  I originally bought the Cecilio CEVN electric violin to learn on; however, was strongly encouraged by my instructor to buy an acoustic, so I now own both.  The acoustic I think is very necessary for learning intonation and training yourself to get a full tone out of the instrument, but the electric can be really fun on the side.

The advantages of electric in my opinion are that you can practice almost silently, you can travel with it without much worry, and if you have an amp you can make all sorts of fun with it.

I think I only paid $129 for the Cecilio and it is a pretty decent violin.  Nice build quality and sounds great plugged in.  Hope that helps.  Good luck on your search.  

Charlie

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June 10, 2017 - 9:40 am
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CharlieStrings said
..... The acoustic I think is very necessary for learning intonation and training yourself to get a full tone out of the instrument, but the electric can be really fun on the side.....  

  I would agree on the "getting the full tone" - absolutely.   The EV is less demanding of your playing position ( in the sense of the 'lanes' between the end of the neck and bridge ), although its timbre and tonality does of course still change.   However, for development of proper tone, more subtle bow control, and awareness of sympathetic resonances when correctly intoned, absolutely - IMO the only way is an acoustic.

  But yep - the EV sure can be a lot of fun !

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While Yamaha makes excellent electric violins, their low end is about $600 (somewhat north of 5000 kr).  For 1500-2500 kr ($170-$280 assuming the kr in question is the Swedish krona), you're looking at things like Cecilio, Stagg, Cinglos, etc.  I've heard of lots of people who have gotten Cecilios and been happy with them, but they ARE low end instruments. Expect them to be that and you'll probably be happy with one.

Since there didn't seem to be an amazon.se, I looked up what people in Sweden use instead, and what I mostly found was that they use amazon.co.uk or amazon.de.  Stagg seemed to be the most common name that I've read positive stuff about, although I've never seen anything (outside of Amazon) written by anyone who had one. The reviews on Amazon.de and Amazon.co.uk were positive, but sparse (4-6 people).  (There was even less stuff on Cecilios there - they don't seem to sell much on those sites.)

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I would suggest you stay away from the $60 Irin electric violin. It has about the same electrics and other parts as most other violins, but uses a bad plywood for the body. The plys are so wide that the neck has nothing substantial to adhere to, so the neck by virtue of the engineering will come off.

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Fiddlerman
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June 12, 2017 - 1:58 pm
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Come to think of it, the NS Design violins are great as well.
https://fiddlershop.com/ns-design-nxt4-electric-violin.html
We have quite a few in stock as well.

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