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Rent an Electric?
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Noroch
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November 20, 2012 - 10:33 am
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So I've been recommended that I rent to own, seen as I am limited on funds, however I was wondering is there anywhere in the UK preferably that I can rent an electric violin, I think it would make me practice more and I would be wanting an electric down the line if I stuck with it anyway as I live in a block of flats and am an electronic music producer at the moment.

Every site I have checked out is either in dollars or does not do electric as far as i can tell.

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Hi Noroch, and welcome to the forum!

From what I've heard about rent-to-own, it tends to get very expensive in the long run. Sure, if you just want to try for a few month it might be a good choice, but otherwise I think you'd be better off buying a decent but cheap instrument right away.

Electric instruments may be a bit less affordable than acoustic ones, and I don't know anything about brands and stuff. But I can give you a nudge towards the nice site I bough my acoustic from, Thomann. They have cheap delivery to Europe (Germany based) and their customer service is ace. Also, the Euro is low to the Pound now, so that's nice. Here's their electric violin listing: http://www.thomann.de/gb/elect.....iolas.html

Otherwise there's always Fiddlershop, which probably has the best customer support of all the internet... smile

Then again, if you're set on renting, you could just google to find a shop near you that carries electrics and has rental programs!

Good luck!

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Thanks, anyone have any word on harley benton electric violins as although cecilio would have been my first choice having read the reviews and of course seen the fiddlerman video, I do like the look of the harley bentons also, they are within my budget too, which unforunately at present is only £100 but would possibly rise to £200 around christmas ;)

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To me it looks exactly like the Cecilio. Could be the same violin being sold under a different name. I would be surprised if the components were different.

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http://www.thomann.de/gb/cat.h.....038;oa=pra   its crunch time, can anyone give me any opinions on any of the different electric ones, I did think about the  Harley BentonHBV 870Y 4/4 Electric Violin in yellow but noticed some cheaper, would the quality differ much in these different models? I was thinking maybe a certain pick up or some detail might give it more quality that I wouldn't know

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I do see one difference in specs that got my attention.  At the same price as the 870Y, there is the 870BK.  The 840s are even a little less expensive.

But those all tell what brand of pickup is used and specify that it has bass and treble controls and etc and the weight given for them is 20 grams lighter than the yellow 870Y.

If it was me, I'd probably pick one of those over the 870Y unless you are wild about the colour yellow enough to want to risk it and hope that it actually has the same pickup system and maybe they just got the weight wrong in the description.  But just going by product description, the yellow is heavier and they aren't telling what it has for electronics.  Weight does matter, and even if you really like yellow, I'd call the dealer to see if it maybe does have the Shadow transducer and etc before just ordering it.

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November 25, 2012 - 8:47 am
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thanks exactly what i was curious about too, black would be ok too, basically when i see yellow i always consider it highly as my speakers in the studio are KRKs and it would match but Black is fine too, I do also like the mahogany colour too, thanks, looking likely that I'll plump for the black one, I've tried to look online for a comparison between the different brands of pickups but no such look yet, think my mum and dad want to know today what to get and where.

 

Thanks for everyones help :)

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