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Which electric violin?
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August 3, 2016 - 11:40 am
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Hi all,

I am a new member from Malta! Great site! I am an adult learner (3 years) and was thinking of purchasing a silent violin. Was looking at the Yamaha series and can't seem to make up my mind between the SV130, SV150 or SV200. I liked the 150 control box but it seems that it will be an annoying pain in the neck and looking around the web people complained that it has a 1/8 jack which doesnt sound good through amplificiation. Though I like the idea that you can have an accompaniment playing at the same time as hearing yourself playing through the earphones.


Any thoughts or advice anyone?

Much appreciated!!


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August 3, 2016 - 11:53 am
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Welcome @quovadisjean - glad you finally got yourself registered !  Cool.

I have an EV ( a cheap Thomann ), but don't know much about the Yamaha EVs - although I had recently been looking at their new 5-string

I have no idea why folks would have any sort of real "problem" with 1/8" jack - I use all sorts of "inline adaptors" - 1/4" ( from my EV ) to 3.5mm ( 1/8th I guess ) to connect into my home surround-sound - even got a 3.5mm splitter in at times if I want to record.

My EV does the same - it can accept an audio input for playa long through its internal electronics and output to either line-out or the headphone. 

I suppose the other-side of this is - are you "forced" ( because of the the "noise" you would otherwise annoy other folks with ) to play silent through headphones ?  If not - other methods present themselves - I have an old set of active speakers from an old PC - I will play the backing through those from the laptop, and connect up the EV to the surround-sound.  It all sounds REALLY different than just "in the ear".  Then of course, you'll want to get an effects box ( I use a BOSS ME80 guitar FX - it's fine! )

Dunno - just welcoming you aboard and rambling on about my own findings - probably not a lot of help !


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August 3, 2016 - 12:08 pm
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Hello and Welcome.

I know nothing about Yamaha EV's

But I use an 1/8 to 1/4 phone cord to connect my Namu V013 EV to my Fender Mustang I. I have no problems with sound quality or unwanted noise.

Hope that helps you.

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August 3, 2016 - 8:30 pm
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I build 5 string fretted electric violins and other instruments as well. I can assure that the size of the plug that is in the violin has nothing to do with the sound or quality you will hear. In fact all my violins have the 1/8" or (3.5mm) jack in their pre-amp module as they are piezo pickups under the bridge.

The latest instrument I built, a 10 string Lap Steel guitar has the 1/4" jack as is customarily found on guitars as they are larger and have more space to accommodate that type of jack.

The Cigar Box Guitars I build all have 1/4" jacks in them as that is also a standard and the boxes are quite large enough to handle that size of cable and plug connection and it's nicely robust in design as well.

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August 4, 2016 - 8:24 am
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The SV 200 has two piezo pickups for a better sound. Though I must admit that I don't notice the difference that much. One of the pickups is in the bridge and one in the body. It's supposed to be the professional choice.

The SV 150 has a lot of fund features for onboard effects and such and is very light.

The SV 130 is a favorite of mine from your choices for a few reasons. It sounds as good as any other model as far as the pickups are concerned IMAO, has cool built-in reverb, and is well priced. The down side is that it's heavier than the other two but it doesn't feel heavy.
The 1/4 inch jack is nice but I agree with Dennis in regards to sound.

The biggest problem with 1/8' inputs is that they are not as strong and secure. They can get yanked out easier while performing, providing you don't secure it on the body somehow. As long as they are in good shape and not at risk of getting tugged, it will work perfectly. Usually you plug the 1/8" jack into a preamp or such. The thin cable is convenient when on stage or moving around.

By the way, you can also play back your background tracks with the aux-in on this one.


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