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I have realize that the violin is loud enough that I can't play once my kids go to bed at night. I bought a unbranded electric violin for $100 off of Amazon and wanted to use it to play at night when they were asleep. I don't particularly care about an amazing sound coming out of this violent as it's more to just practice the fingering and bow coordination/technique. However, when it arrived it is such poor quality that the string action at the nut is extremely high and the bridge is very flimsy and bendable. I was hoping for an instrument that was a little more playable. I have seen the Cecelio CEVN and wondered if anyone had experience with that one? Are there others in the sub $150 range that tend to have a decent reputation? Thanks.
Most people have reported being fairly happy with CEVNs.
I'm interested in this question myself. I got an ADM electronic one off Ebay, and I haven't been too favorably impressed with it. Under my ear, it sounds nearly as loud as an acoustic, and using the headphone makes it only slightly louder. Haven't tried any special effects on it.
For me personally, the silent aspect would seldom be an issue, but for those rare cases when I actually care about that, I want it to be a LOT quieter than an acoustic, and the ADM isn't.
I bought the Cecilio CEVN-1BK a little more than couple weeks ago, and I am happy with it, for the most part. The quality of the instrument is good. It is solid, playable, and looks pretty. It is also much quieter than an acoustic violin, even if it has a mute on it. Add a mute to the CEVN, and it is even quieter. I found that I tend to play harder on a muted CEVN though, making it not quite as quiet as it is when I play soft. Even playing it hard though, it is not as loud as a muted acoustic violin.
I do want to get a better bridge for my CEVN. The top of the arc of the bridge that came with it is just a little off of what it should be, making the A and D strings, a little harder to play than they should be... but of course, I am still a beginner, so maybe it is more about my playing skills, and less about the arc of the Cecilio bridge.
I have a similar issue with the bridge on the Cecilio CVN-500, acoustic violin. Its bridge also has a less than perfect arc, but its arc is not off by as much as the one on the CEVN.
I think you are bound to run into similar issues for all of the low cost violins, electric or acoustic. Taking that into account, as I do, I am happy with my new CEVN. The fine details, a better bridge in my case, can be adjusted or replaced.
Also of note, it may take some time for one or more of the pegs to stop slipping out of tune. This is in addition to breaking in new strings, not just a new strings issue. I did not have this peg issue with my CVN, those worked fine from day one. This peg issue, with the CEVN, is starting to settle down now though. It just took some time and patience. The G and D strings, especially the D string, on mine, are still a bit harder to tune than the others, but they are getting better.
I bought the CEVN, and I like it. I can play it late at night without disturbing anybody, and it was really nice out of the box. Now, any inexpensive violin (or any musical instrument) will be a bit off. The thing I like about my CEVN is that it stays in tune. Also, the fine tuners are a step above other inexpensive violins.
My bridge is a bit off, but the bridge is easy to replace. Also, the CEVN is thin, makes it a bit weird to hold for me. I do use a shoulder rest for this, but I've only been playing for 2 weeks, so I still have a lot to learn about proper form.
In all, I'm not sorry I spent the money. I really like how quiet it can be, it plays good, holds it's tune great, takes care of all the basics so you can concentrate on learning to play.
Throw away the bow that comes with it though. Total garbage.
My electric violin is a Kinglos Art violin. ( I believe it was 189 from their Amazon store)
It is very light weight and sounds lovely. I was pleased with their service as I communicated with the top management team before I ordered. They also gave me life time discount on all future purposes.
I was looking for a specific "girly pattern" otherwise I would have ordered the one that FM offers for 149. Best service ever.
Vibrato Desperato.... Desperately seeking vibrato