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ButteryStuffs
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With great confidence, I join the ranks of Yinfente users.

Mine, I think is the same one as harvestfrank's - albeit in black. Followed your advice with new strings and good bridge I did - with a set of Dominants and a 'choice' Aubert à Mirecourt bridge (non-Luxe, non-De Luxe), which might be as good as the upper two tiers.

 

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The bridge that came with it gave me some difficulties in string crossing, as I'm not familiar with the slant on the treble side. What I did was giving the treble side a more rounded curve. It gave me more freedom in playing as opposed to the occasional doublestops/drones I accidentally did using the old bridge.

 

Might try the tip on the neck later when I feel adventurous enough. Right now, I'm perfectly happy with it.

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Perfectly happy can't be better. :-) Congratulations!

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I know right? The bridge's now sitting prettily under the strings. And I think this bridge's rays look kind of 3D-ish to me. 

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I've bought there before, and had a custom paint job done to a stock unit and was Very happy with the Service and Product.

 

In fact, I'm waiting on two acoustic violins to come now -- just got my verification photo showing me all angles of the custom work I requested on one of them !!!

 

Will post pics when they arrive.

 

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cancelx07 said
I've bought there before, and had a custom paint job done to a stock unit and was Very happy with the Service and Product.

 

In fact, I'm waiting on two acoustic violins to come now -- just got my verification photo showing me all angles of the custom work I requested on one of them !!!

 

Will post pics when they arrive.

 

Glad to hear that you're also expecting a Yinfente. I'll be very interested to know what they sound like out of the shipping box.

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Hey.... take a while before I find out what it sounds like as one is a gift for my Brother, and can't make mine ring til he gets his.

But.......they JUST ARRIVED.... oh my goodness , even BETTER looking than the first order.

 

And the Rosewood one has incredible grain, the inlay is near perfect, the finish is antiqued with see through grain.

 

And they inlaid BOTH units instead of one !!

 

Now, I HIGHLY recommend, again.... but with a caution.

 

ONLY BUY IF THEY AGREE TO NOT USE LANDMARK GLOBAL as a shipping 3rd Party.  They used them this time and originally had to get paypal to refund me until the units arrived.   Landmark has fake phone, fake address, held my package for 6 days and charged an additional fee ontop of the $60 I paid in shipping (and no, it wasnt customs, just their own extra fee).

 

Thanks !!

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-waits with bated breath for pics and sound clips-

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Although this thread is several years (!!??) old, I decided to do a summary type review of my newest addition to my violin collection, complete with pictures and a video....so... let's get on with it.

I wanted an electric but since I was 3 yrs + into the acoustic and only a couple of months into the EV scene with a DIY acoustic/electric I fashioned my self using some DIY piezo-electric strips under the bridge feet and my own fabricated pre-amp circuit within the audio cable plug... I decided on a 5 string electric and went with the totally solid body "silent" variety.

When I received it it was within 10 days like others reported, in a very well padded case and would've come complete with the usual extras but I saved some money by not taking the cable or bow or cheap rosin. The workmanship is excellent, the bridge did require a tiny bit of work and I ended up just making a whole new bridge because I was unsure of the quality of their company branded maple wood bridge. The spacing was symetrical but I opted for the 10.8mm spacing on all upper strings and the C to G string spacing I moved to 12mm. The bridge I made had a tiny bit smaller radius than standard (42mm) as I rounded it more at the ends to incorporate the extra string and get the lowest C string more away from the other one next to it.

The instrument sounded incredibly nice the first time I plugged it in without any buzz or humm and even without using a pre-amp cable and just running it thru my 12 channel mixer it was incredible sounding. I have now all but abandoned the acoustics for this one of a kind 5 string silent electric. The self-container pre-amp unit has chorus and volume with tone control in addition to the other controls normally found on an electric violin. The flat footed bridge was easy to make and the position is exactly 330mm from the nut. The string heights was perfect with the original bridge, and I duplicated the height measurements of my favorite acoustic to help in the transition from acoustic to silent eV.

Now I have contracted with the company in China that made the Yinfente silent electric in these pics to make me a fretted fingerboard with 24 frets. Yes, I'm going frets, not because I can't do well with intonation but because I have grown enough to know I want to play a more modern style of sound and frets will aid in the performance part as the mechanical part I pretty much have in the bag! LoL

The only comapny I could find that would even consider making me a fretted fingerboard was just north of Santa Rosa, Ca. and they wanted $600 to make a 24 fret fingerboard for a violin~! My cost from the company that made my violin... $59.00 USD... so for 1/10 the cost I will take off the old fingerboard myself and attach the fretted one and know full well it will sound fantastic.

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Hi, Denny,

Did you use a 4/4 violin bridge? I bought a 5 string violin, but it did not come with fittings, so now I have a headache finding a template for the bridge. Thank you!

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Yes, I use a typical 4/4 bridge. The string spacing is such that you can get away with about 5.5 to 6mm from edge to the first string. The resultant spacing of the E-A-D-G set is right at 10.8-11.0mm and the G to C string is a tiny bit wider at 11.0-11.25mm

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Oh, and tighten up the radius a bit as well when you shape it. Roll the ends down a bit more.

The feet are flat of course if you have a piezo pickup like the one I have on this so sanding perfectly flat can be a challenge to get the part first, then work on thinning out the shoulder area and reducing the height accordingly to get your string height correct.

My C string is only 4.5mm board to underside of string.

The E string is at 1.75-2.00 board to underside of string.

The 'center string' which is now the D string is 6.0mm off the board.

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This is great! I just got myself a 5-string yinfente as well, and after reading this thread, an aubert bridge blank. I never thought I'd ever have the change to do some of my own DIY bridge fitting. bunny_pole_dancer

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Denny, thank you!

could I just center the D string, on the nut and bridge, and then divide the space (evenly) among the other strings and keep the radius the same? This is my first thought but I haven't tried it out since I haven't had the violin fitted or varnished and I need to get a five string tail piece.

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**UPDATE --upon looking at the auction listing, it's NOT a Yinfente. It's some knock-off. facepalm I've requested a refund via ebay because the listing says ebony fittings and the pic clearly shows white wood underneath, and because of the crazy work on the nut. Hopefully I get my money back and can get an actual Yinfente 5-stringer***

 

I jut received my yinfente 5-stringer in the mail (only 1 week shipping time from China - whoa!) and it's gonna take a bit more work than new strings and a bridge to get this thing going.

Check out this nut! It looks like it was cut and glued on by a cro-magnon and notched by a hungry honey badger! Is there anyway I could do some DIY repair to salvage this? I really don't want to have to deal with an exchange/return all the way back to china.

 

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It's easy to fill the grooves with black superglue and ebony dust spraying with an accelerator between applications for a very strong fill. Sand and redo your grooves. However, the nut appears to be so high that you can most likely just file/shave/sand it down most likely without any worries.

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I agree with Pierre, superglue filler is the best but you might want to string it up, measure the underside dimesion and try to get it to 1mm max from the board. I suspect from the looks of it, Pierre is right on and you'll easily just sand it down and regroove it.

 

About the bridge and string spacings... yes you could center the D string on the bridge shoulder but the spacing won't be like I suggested above. The D string is actually slightly treble of center.

The increased spacing between the C string and G string is required because the C string will vibrate like crazy! Like a cello string! So, set it up like you want, but remember you won't be playing a lot on the C string anyway so the added spacing won't even be noticed by your mind when you play it.

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