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Just ordered the Ceilio Electric Violin
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Ginnysg
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I've been drooling over the Ceilio electric violin for weeks.  I think it was the excellent fiddlerman video that really sold me.  I place my order this morning, and I can't wait!  I've never played an electric violin, but excited to try. 

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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Hope you like it Ginnysg :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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I have it in red and i love it!  I've had to change a string due to snapping it and do plan on upgrading the stings in a little while (when funds allow).  I hope you post pictures when you get it and i bet you'll really enjoy playing it.

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I bought mine before I found this site and the Fiddleshop unfortunately, but since you got yours from FM, hopefully you won't have the same issues I did.

 

The cecilio strings that came with mine are utter garbage and are really only there to hold the bridge in place as far as I can tell.  A set of good strings really made a big difference.  On a related note, my bridge was put in backwards.  The jury is still out on whether it came that way, or I did it while changing my strings.

 

Many people have trouble with the tuners staying in place with these.  There are quite a few suggestions in other threads here on how to fix this.   As one suggestion goes, I personally just used a very fine grit foam sanding block to dull the finish on the pegs a bit.

 

I also think the action could be better on mine.  So I've been looking at bridge blanks, but all I can find are bridges that are more suited to acoustic violins or to be more specific, a violin with an arched top - so all the bridge blanks have feet with a slight curve to them already.   The electric violins have a flat surface, so if I were to cut away enough of the feet to make them flat, there would hardly be enough left.

 

Can @Fiddlerman  or anyone else recommend a suitable replacement bridge for the cecilio?

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Violin.....160wt_1162

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Violin.....2780wt_925

 

Here's just 2 items (obviously from China) that should work quite well. The feet are thick and even if you cut them off perfectly flat, like sanding them off on a belt sander kinda flat, they'd still be thick enough.

Just a quick look on e-bay for "Electric Violin Bridge) showed these.

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My violin came in today, and I am impressed.  It sounds good (well, as good as my inexperience allows :-)   )  and it looks really good.

I will probably change out the strings, but for now I am a happy fiddler!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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New strings for a new instrument are almost always a good idea.  You don't know how long the strings it came with have been sitting there in a warehouse being stretched, but you can be sure they are "less than fresh". 

Cecilio's strings may not be the worst in the world.. But I really doubt they are one of the better choices, either.

 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I have the same violin and the G and D sounded so awfull I never played any songs with those strings being used.

Twinkle, twinkle little star you say? I am a boss at that song. With a little distortion I can sound like U2.

But now I have D'Addario Zyex Violin String Set from fiddlershop. I like the sound a lot better.

Maybe you can find better strings at a better price, but no where else could I find those strings for any cheaper.

Mine's black with a burst of white near the bridge. Totally a design feature and not all the rosin... I also make sure to display all fingerprints, fly footsteps, wind directional charges, humidity's mercurial nature and the vibrational texture of the music I play on the very shiny, glossy paint job.

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I changed the strings out with some D'Addario's and it made a world of difference! 

I also played with a few distortion pedals, and it made even Row Row Row your Boat sound pretty good :-)

Thanks for everyone's suggestions.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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What pedals did you use? I really want to get one and am trying to find what they do to a violin and not the ten billion videos on how they distort guitars or bass guitars.

They are a bit too expensive to buy and try.

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I used a Chorus  which really sounded sweet.  Then Reverb .... kinda like instant vibrato.   Then I went for the fun stuff.  Synth made Elvis sound like a space alien.  Then just for fun I tried a Wah-Wah effect- which was truly weird, but gave us a good laugh.

We have a Peavey amp that has several effects built in, but not as versatile as actual pedals (than you can turn on and off on the fly).

But even without the effects I like the sound of the electric violin.  Compare the sound of an Acoustic guitar to an electric - The electric is not just louder, but it has more... or rather a different kind of energy.

If you have a chance to try one I think you'll like it.

 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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@Ginnyg,

I'm with you on this.

Just order my Cecilio electric violin, along with Zyex strings.

Can wait to try it.

This violin will make me get half of those good performers out there, who are famous and heard by many others.

I'm not famous but will be heard by many, LOL (just need to crank up on a big amp).

What color is yours? I order a blue one.

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@ratvn,  I have the red one - it's a beauty!  I played it a couple of days, then replaced the strings - it made a world of difference!

I hope you have fun with yours - I'm loving mine!

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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I want one!!!!! Oh yes I do... What model?

Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato

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I have the CEVN-1Electric Violin.  It sounds really nice, and it's a very cool design.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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