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Buying my first violin
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shinpi
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Hello everyone! I've been inspired to learn how to play the violin by a lot of youtubers especially the Fiddlerman channel. I have a background on piano and guitar. I've always listen to classical music and have always dreamt of playing the violin. Now it's time to make that dream into reality. For my first violin, I am planning to buy the Cecilio CEVN next month. I know that it is advisable to start with the acoustic ones but I want to play silent for the walls on my apartment isn't that thick and mutes doesn't work that well base on my observation. I'm on a tight budget since I'm still in college and there are a lot of projects at school so I can only afford the Cecilio CEVN but I'll aim for the SV-130 once I graduated and get myself a job. 

Anyways, there are a lot of negative critiques about the Cecilio's CEVN's bow and strings. Most people on the internet suggests to replace them. I wanna ask for suggestions on what bow and strings to buy. If possible something that is affordable but good or any electric violin that is better than Cecilio's with (almost) the same price range. Hope I won't get this wrong and I hope it will last at least 2 years.

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Hi 🙂 Welcome to the forum 🙂

The Fiddlerman brand strings are really nice strings at a great price: http://fiddlershop.com/fiddler.....t-4-4.html

Also, the Fiddlerman carbon fiber bow is a nifty little bow: http://fiddlershop.com/fiddler.....iolin.html

I have both items, and have been really happy with them 🙂 

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November 11, 2016 - 8:21 pm
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Thanks so much damfino 🙂

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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damfino said
Hi 🙂 Welcome to the forum 🙂

The Fiddlerman brand strings are really nice strings at a great price: http://fiddlershop.com/fiddler.....t-4-4.html

Also, the Fiddlerman carbon fiber bow is a nifty little bow: http://fiddlershop.com/fiddler.....iolin.html

I have both items, and have been really happy with them 🙂   

Thank you so much looking forward to have those too. The shipping fee made me cry though smile

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November 11, 2016 - 9:31 pm
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Where do you live shinpi?
Sorry to hear it though. 🙁 Free shipping when you purchase over $20 here in the states.

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but the one who needs the least."

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I'm from the Philippines 🙁 oh that makes me jealous.

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I've been really impressed by what Cecilio has done for the low end of the market. You get a LOT better violin for $X than you did even 5 years ago.  I don't know as much about electrics, though.  I haven't heard anything too bad about their electrics, and some good.

If you're just starting, I'd recommend living with both the bow and the strings. A cheap set of strings (like D'addario Preludes) will run you  $15, and if $130 is all the budget can stand. $70 bucks for the bow (and I agree with damfino, it's a good bow - I have one, too, and like it) and $30 for new strings will almost double your cost.

Electrics (minus electronic effects) are not much for tone to begin with, and if you're a beginner, you're not going to notice flaws in the bow that much for a while.  Main thing a carbon fiber bow would give you is indestructibility.  Remember that wood bows break easily (so be careful with it) and to always loosen the bow hair when you're done playing, and it should at least give you some time to build up more money.

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 Thank you so much Charles that really helped.

My friends (on the internet) told me that I won't learn that much with electric violin so now I'm considering getting an acoustic one instead regardless of disturbing my neighbours. This is really confusing. You know that feeling when you want to have a violin so bad but you can't rush it for you have to do a lot of research first and you don't want to regret lol. cry Time to do more research.

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How about Christina electric violins?

I can't seem to find a detailed review of it and I only saw one video on youtube

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I can't comment on the Christina - don't know anything about it. That sounded good, but without know what the stack of electronics on the other end of the cable was, it's hard to say much about the violin itself.

Did find one article that might help: https://www.oviolin.com/blogs/network/88730308-7-prominent-violin-stores-in-the-philippines

If you can get to any of those stores, getting your hands on a real one (electric or acoustic) . Hearing it for real should help make the decision a lot easier, and if you can find something locally, you'll save a bundle on shipping.

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