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Electric Violin Body Shapes
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Cyclotrimethelene
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I have long been thinking about coming back to the violin, and I have finally decided to go through with it. I am planning on buying a Cecilio silent electric violin after seeing several favourable reviews, one of which came from this website. Looking at the company's site, there are a couple of different body shapes available.

 

My question is as follows: what significant effects does the shape of the violin body have on weight distribution or the way you hold the violin?

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Good question, Cyclo! I own this version and find that holding it is very similar to my cheap Chinese fiddle - the weight may be a fraction more, but the feel is very much the same. Since I've not played the other shapes I'm also curious about the overall feel of the different models.

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I was thinking of that version myself, in fact. I was worried the missing right section would affect the balance of the violin and make it uncomfortable to hold. I imagine the full body shape would feel very similar to a standard violin, albeit a little heavier.

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I don't know the answer either. Weight distribution may not bare too much of a negative factor in this. Unless it was extremely heavy towards one side.

I do know that the heavier it is the more uncomfortable it is to play. I have the Zeta Jazz Fusion and it is quite heavy as well as pricy. They don't sell them anymore though.devil-violin

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I have the Cecilio red regular violin shape 1 from the kkmusicstore.com and love it.

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All this talk about electric violins has me looking around for one, and now I think I've fallen in love....

 

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Thanks a lot guys! At least I have something for the hubby to get me for Christmas now! cheerleader

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I absolutely love that violin GennaLea. I really want it. Just don't have the money...

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Me either, at least not right now. I'll have to save for it. It won't take too, too long.... I hope. 🙂

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You can get your hands on one of those for less than 200 dollars, I think. Only the Cecilio main site seems to carry the 500 dollar pricetag.

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Cyclotrimethelene said:

You can get your hands on one of those for less than 200 dollars, I think. Only the Cecilio main site seems to carry the 500 dollar pricetag.

I saw this one on eBay and it runs around $130 with a bunch of add ons. The question isn't if I get this violin, it's when I get this violin. But money is tight right now as it's the bill paying time of the month. Besides, I need to have something exceptional for my hubby to get me for Christmas, right? winktongue

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GennaLea said:

Besides, I need to have something exceptional for my hubby to get me for Christmas, right? winktongue

LOL! It would make an excellent gift. I found mine quite by accident - Hubby and I were in the local music shop looking for a guitar strap and they had an electric fiddle in on consignment - $100 for the whole kit. After playing it for a minute and hearing how quiet it was, I had to have it. It's my evening practice fiddle and I love it. Plugged into Hubby's guitar amp I can rock out when no one is home dancing

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That's what I want it for, CatMcCall. We live in an apartment/townhouse, and our neighbor has a little kid, so out of respect we try to keep the noise down after 8pm and that just happens to be when I have the most time to practice.

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That's what I want it for, CatMcCall. We live in an apartment/townhouse, and our neighbor has a little kid, so out of respect we try to keep the noise down after 8pm and that just happens to be when I have the most time to practice.

It will be perfect for that - if you're one room away you can't hear it at all. Mine has a pre-amp so I can turn it on and plug in headphones to better hear the tone but it's still quiet. I have Prazision strings on it at the moment and like the sound better than the cheapos that were on it.

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CatMcCall said:

It will be perfect for that - if you're one room away you can't hear it at all. Mine has a pre-amp so I can turn it on and plug in headphones to better hear the tone but it's still quiet. I have Prazision strings on it at the moment and like the sound better than the cheapos that were on it.

I'll have to remember that when I get mine. thumbs-up I can hardly wait!

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Yeah, the Cecilio main site doesn't sell direct to the consumer. That's only a suggested retail price. They go for 129.99 on average. With a little reverb my sounds great.

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Genna that's a perfect idea .. nothing worse than a Xmas present you don't want.  I hope you get lots of enjoyment from it.  It is also the type I wanted for the exact same reason, my practice time is limited, and a silent practice would be perfect.

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Robyn.fnq said:

Genna that's a perfect idea .. nothing worse than a Xmas present you don't want.  I hope you get lots of enjoyment from it.  It is also the type I wanted for the exact same reason, my practice time is limited, and a silent practice would be perfect.

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I may get this before Christmas. The husband keeps asking how much and why I'm not ordering it. LOL

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Sounds like a nice husband. Go for it. exactly Tell him, at least the lessons on Fiddlerman are free. roflroflrofl

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He just absolutely loves that I found this site. And the funny thing is, I found by looking at violins on ebay. I like to look even though I have a decent cheapy.drooling

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I'd be interested to hear a comparison of an E-Violin vs. an acoustic without amplification to gauge volume. I like the idea of practicing with headphones, but typically, I don't want to carry an amp with me to go and play with friends if it's an acoustic atmosphere. I keep coming back to just buying an inexpensive acoustic and adding a Fishman pickup. Thoughts?

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