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Probably just an electric "thing"
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This is one of those little things where most people probably wouldn't notice it and it does not directly affect playing.  But I really didn't like the volume, tone and power knobs that my electric violin came with.

Maybe it is just an electric player sort of thing or maybe it is kind of like how some people with acoustic violins like tuning peg that are carved to be a bit fancier than the plain ones.  But it does affect the look of the instrument a little, and the feel of the control when you adjust it.  It is also one of those things that can individualize an instrument just a little.

What I didn't like about the factory knobs is that they looked and felt cheap.  Tall, sharp edges, all plastic, and they were small in diameter which made them feel too "twiddly".  Google had their little thing up for Bob Moog's birthday the other day, and it reminded me that I had an old set of "communication style" knobs somewhere in my parts bins that are a bit more like what he used on some gear.  I've had them for some years, but I'm pretty sure they aren't old enough to be anything I bought off him when he had a little place here in town.  I think they probably came off an older BOSS guitar FX pedal by the look of them.

Anyway, the main difference in actual quality is they have a brass sleeve inside that is tightened onto the shaft for the control with a little brass set-screw instead of just being a bit of plastic held on by friction.  The base of them also is up off the surface of the instrument by a millimeter or so, so they do actually turn smoother.  Mostly they just look a bit nicer and I like the feel of them better.  Smoother on the top so they are less likely to catch on clothing or whatever.

A very minor sort of upgrade, but Google reminded me of Bob Moog and this set of knobs has a bit of "old synth" as opposed to "real cheap guitar stomp box" look going for it.  The bottom pic is the "upgrade" ones.

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You have gone from violin-studentto jimi-hendrix      surprisedsurprisedsurprisedsurprisedsurprisedsurprised

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Kevin M.
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Night and day difference.  I do like them a lot better than the original.  Mkaes it look more like a professional instrument.

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Agreed, a much nicer looking instrument now.

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Where are the F holes?devil-violin

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You are completely right. Night and day difference. Way to go !!!!!!

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Yep! Those are much better. The look is more serious now afro

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Well, anything that makes an instrument even a little more comfortable or adds to it's "Come on.. Play me!" factor is good in the long run. 

 

The very first "mod" I did on this little fiddle though, was actually more like a repair.  It only came with one fine tuner, which was missing a part and very badly made.  So I ordered a set of 4 inexpensive ones that weren't brand name or anything (other than being made in Germany according to the seller) for a total of about 10$ after shipping.  That and a new set of strings made a lot of difference.  Especially when first starting out, if the instrument stays in tune and only needs an occasional easy touch-up to the tuning, you just naturally play a lot more.  LOL

 

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