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Buying an electro-acoustic violin
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juliana
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Hello, 

im new member here, im from Slovakia (so my English isnt very good :) )

I am looking for a new electro-acoustic violin for my friend. She has been playing for about 10 years, we play together in a band. Here in slovakia we have no websites where i can buy this violin, so im looking for some help, which one would you recommend me. The price is about 1000-1200€.

Thank you very much!

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Fiddlerman
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July 12, 2013 - 11:47 am
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The Realist acoustic electric violin is the best one that I've played on so far.

http://fiddlershop.com/the-rea.....tring.html

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Siarl Bychan
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I also am looking to purchase the Electric Silent Violin advertised in the Fiddlerman's shop. My question is can I plug in my headphones directly into the jack on the violin or do I need to purchase an amp or some other device? I've only ever dealt with my acoustic violin at this point so this is new to me. I know on the video demo that Fiddlerman did that he utilized some sort of effects box on the floor with various effects he kept tapping with his foot. I just want to be able to play it once I receive it. I would like to purchase the other equipment at the same time. Thanks.

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I've had the Realist RV5 for about 9 months now (bought it from fiddlershop.com).  I loved it from the first time I tried it and love it more each time I play it.  As I improve, I just grow into it's capabilities.

I play it almost exclusively acoustically.  I've messed around with it on an amp and effects pedal but never seem to have the time to explore the electric side of things very much.

After I'd had the realist for a few months and went back and tried my old Knilling Bucharest... I thought maybe something had broken in the Bucharest.  The difference in tone was shocking!  I even went and had the old instrument checked by a luthier.

FYI, if you do get and electric-acoustic don't make the mistake I did and get an electric guitar amp.  A PA or an amp designed specifically for acoustic instruments will be much more satisfying (IMHO).

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@ Siarl Bychan:,,, I don't think your question has been answered yet.

Here is a short video that may help with your headphone question.

I hope this helps.

 

 

Ken.

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Hey I have the same electric as the video..actually I had to go and check to see if mine was an 'active' or passive, as I was not aware.  No battery, so must be a 'passive'.  I really have not been playing it at all, I do find it heavier and have an old shoulder injury, so I have to build up to holding it for longer.  This was a spur of the moment purchase, but such a bargain I could not turn down.

I know 'get' those people who collect instruments...my cousin has about a million guitars...my thoughts these days are, well if I do without such and such, I can put this $ towards a better fiddle....

Thanks for posting this video, Ken and for the good info, Joe.  Good to know about the amp!

 

Helvetika (Cindy)

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@Fiddlerman FM's suggested instrument looks to be a very good option. 

The great thing about having an acoustic / electric violin, rather than an electric 'only' is, if there is no electricity, you still have a violin that works exactlythumbs-up

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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Siarl Bychan
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I agree that an acoustic is wonderful to have when or if the power goes out and I do have an acoustic fiddle that is just dandy. Most of the reason that I want to play a silent fiddle lies with me. My other half does not mind it at all. I could practice at 1 am and it would be fine. But I still am able to concentrate more when my mind isn't wondering if the 100th time I've played this tune is getting on their nerves. And thank you for the information regarding the passive versus active fiddle. Very informative!!!

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Fiddlerman
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July 22, 2013 - 7:23 am
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Siarl,

The answer to your question is yes. You can plug your headset or earplugs directly into the headphone jacks and hear everything amplified plus adjust the volume as well. The instrument even comes with a headphone.

I believe you are referring to the Cecilio Silent Electric Violin which has an active pickup and battery.

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Yes, Fiddlerman. I was referring to the Silent Cecilio Electric Violin. Thank you for your reply. This is a fantastic forum that you have here.

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