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March 13, 2012 - 7:59 pm
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Hello there, I have never even touched a violin before and I'd like to start, I was wondering what I should get between electric and acoustic and good kinds that aren't that much as I kinda lack the hundreds some people pay for their instruments. I eventually wanna play Sad Romance by Thao Nguyen Xanh, and Time's Scar by Yasunori Mitsuda And I don't know the sound differences, upkeep and such. so feedback as to what would be the best for me would be well liked.

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March 13, 2012 - 8:29 pm
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welcome to the 'family' my friend...

I will give you a direct answer... It depends on what you would like to hear. If you go acoustic, you have a freedom from electricity, amps, issues of that sort...allowing you to play anywhere and moving your instrument from one place to another is a one box affair.


Electric allows you the freedom to make sounds not normally associated with a violin per se. It also allows you to practice in a crowded house with other family members not necessarily hearing your attempts at playing. LOL Apartments are another place an electric would prevail.

The basic learning is the same although perhaps more traditional with an acoustical instrument. If you like to hear the rich raw vibrating sound of the strings, then acoustical is your ticket to bliss.

If you go to Fiddlerman's shop where he sells violins and all sorts of other things, you will find a violin to suit your needs regardless what it is. If the price is a hurdle for you, start out with a very nice low end student grade instrument as offered on his site.

I have also seen very nice older violins on e-bay but somewhat out of your price range for all you would need to get and possibly it would need some TLC and careful setup before you would be able to benefit from it.

So... decisions, decisions... I say... go shopping at the link above and see if anything there interests you, then maybe PM fiddlerman personally and get his recommendation if it's different than what I've related here.

Again... welcome to the group and you'll find a lot of helpful people who have bought the exact violin "packages" I've mentioned from FM and you could also ask their opinion and read up on the reviews of them as well.


"If you practice with your hands you must practice all day. Practice with your mind and you can accomplish the same amount in minutes." Nathan Milstein

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March 14, 2012 - 12:27 am
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Welcome!  If you're brand new to all instruments go with acoustic.  There's less to go wrong. 


I've learned so much from my mistakes that I've decided to make some more.

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March 14, 2012 - 6:12 am
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Hi, Sakuryu! 

I could recommend You to start with acoustic one either. It has definitely wider diapason of volume - so You can work on dynamics right from beginning of your journey =) And acoustic is usually lighter than electric. That's important for building your posture at the start. Though, here are some members that have only electric violins and learn to play very succesfuly... So it's very individual. If You have any opportunity to visit your local music store to try both acoustic and electric - take a chanse !

About noise - if You prefer acoustic one - remember about the practice mute. Since i've got one - i don't touch my e-violin at all.

If You will prefer the electric one - You'll have an opportunity to use lots of effects by connecting it to any guitar processor/pedal or your computer =) and this fact makes studying really fun =) But i would not recommend to get used to play with effects from the beginning, because it camouflage intonation and tone production imperfections.

Welcome to the forum! coffee

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March 14, 2012 - 9:20 am
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Hey Sakuryu,

Which ever you choose to get we will help you learn. If you stick to it and love it like we all do, you will probably end up getting both anyway in the end. The sky is the limit.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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March 15, 2012 - 2:17 pm
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Just wanted to give you a very late welcome! I'd recommend you get an acoustic first, and then an electric, so you can practice at nights, and at 5 in the morning, etc. I have an acoustic, but an electric would come in handy sometimes. I just love the sound of the acoustic (Cecilio CVN-500), and hate it, when I have to put a mute on.

"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something."

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May 20, 2012 - 3:36 am
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Its nice to meet you...welcome aboard coffee

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