Hello, my name is Christer and I have been playing the violin for almost half a year now (20+ hours total) so not so good.... YET !! and I've been searching for a good silent electric violin and I found Fiddlerman on YouTube and I just had to stop by and check it out.
Thanks for reading. Oh and yeah I'm also a "beginner"- Composer/Songwriter.
Welcome, Christer !
I'm a fairly recent beginner as well - hard to say probably 8 months, the first 4 of those 4 years ago then a long gap until April this year!!! Now I practice and play on a daily basis.
I have both EV and acoustic - and they both bring different things to my studies and practice. As @Fiddlerman (aka FM or Pierre) says, without effects the EV can sound a bit like a sewing machine ( my G sounds more like a chain-saw actually ) - but I did find the EV quite useful given the "sterile" sound from it - no body resonances, and little open-string resonances - in my own way I found that useful for intonation practice - may not suit everyone of course. And actually, although I don't play it in a "live" situation - but when recording it's fairly easy to add a bit of post-processed effects - reverb, echo etc... then it sounds "OK" and any imperfections are down to me LOL...
With the limitations of the EV in mind (i.e. you're not at the stage of great proficiency yet, and aren't planning to do some kind of wild-electric-fiddle-rock longer term) I would go for a basic solid body. Mine is a Harley Benton - and with a few simple changes to the instrument as shipped - I'm very happy with it - cost - oh about $110 - not a lot for a lot of pleasure !
There is an interesting thread here discussing a Cecilio EV - it might be of interest to you as I'm sure a lot of the findings probably apply to any "basic" EV -
Whatever decision you make, keep us informed, don't hesitate to post more questions, and above all, enjoy the journey !
I seriously recommend not copying my mistakes. D'oh -
Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)
Ok, so I HAD decided to order the Cecilio CEVN-2 or the Yamaha SV 130 but I found out that I can't buy the Yamaha but that's fine for now at least. In sweden I can order the SV-130 but with nothing included exept for shoulder-rest/cable/headphones/batteries, so basicly only the instrument for about 1.000 dollars.
Fiddlershop has some sweet cases (That which I can't seem to find in Sweden) so I'll probably order something later if I decide to get the SV 130 in the future because I think it is a bit more silent than the CEVN-2 for practice in my small room in a school complex kind of living style with walls that are kind of thick but I can hear(weak sounds) when people talk lound around 80 decibel(in the next room) so if the violin would be as silent as possible that would be great to practice during the day and even late at night.