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Realist RV-5 for Beginner?
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November 6, 2012 - 11:08 am
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I saw the fiddlerman review of the Realist RV-5 and one other youtube review.  It is oh so tempting! 

Would this instrument be suitable for an adult student with about a year under my belt?  My current violin is perfectly suitable for everything I'm doing but the 5th string and the electronic output is so appealing!

Thanks in advance!


Fort Lauderdale
November 6, 2012 - 12:36 pm
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It all depends on whether a fifth string would mess you up in any way. I didn't have any trouble with it but others may. There are two slight differences. One is that you could hit the C string instead of the G and have a hard time keeping track of the lower string angles. The other difference is the width of the fingerboard which is ever so slightly 3/16" more.
Otherwise - supercool with the extra string and amplification. I love it.
I still have the one in stock if you call me, I can give you the best possible price on that one.

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January 21, 2013 - 10:25 pm
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 did you decide to buy the rv-5?

 I just started playing and I did (started a couple of months ago - although I did play for about a year, that was over 10 years ago). I'm in my sixties.

It doesn't seem to me that the C string is any impediment. Maybe that is because I got used to it right away.

All of the violins I tried had 5 strings, except the rental that I used for about 6 weeks. I knew the instant I got a (fairly) nice tone with the bow that I was hooked.

I am very happy with the Realist. I usually plug it into a fishman amp because the  amplified tone is just ... gorgeous. Just a little bit of reverb and a hint of delay (not enough that you could even identify it) - I can't put it down!

I'm losing sleep and going to work like a zombie. I figure if I get fired, I'll have more time to play, and then my wife will leave me and I'll have more time (just kidding about all that, but it is tempting) ... who knows where it ends?

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February 4, 2013 - 10:06 pm
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I saw that review as well, and it is sooo tempting. I first saw some reviews on MF for a Silver Creek combo acoustic/electric...and that sounded quite interesting!  Then I found this site (luckily!) I just started playing 2 years ago, and I am in my mid-fifties.  I started off looking to upgrade my bow, because when your starting out and you take an old auction sale fiddle to get set up, they sell you cheap junk.  The first strings I had were awful!  Now I am thinking the bow is quite bad too, and then I start thinking I should just upgrade to a whole new set, and then! starting considering the electric!  What's a woman to do! But I also wonder about 5 strings or 4.  I would likely just go for the 4 string myself as 5 might be too much for me to get a grasp on. 

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February 4, 2013 - 10:25 pm
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Hey Helvetika,

5 strings are real cool but it's definitely a little more difficult to keep track of what string you are playing on.
In any case, there is nothing wrong with wondering and dreaming. :-)
Welcome to the site and good luck with whichever you choose.

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