QUOTE(aesir22 @ Dec 20 2009, 05:51 PM)
Well Jojo I have bought an electric, though as you can see by other posts it wasn't the one I originally enquired about. I checked around the web and there were either really good reports or really horrendous ones. Was just too inconsistent.
The one I got gets similar reviews on different sites, but they are all based on mass-produced models, while the one I got is tended to by a violin maker before he sells them - new bridge, pegs fitted, pasted and chalked etc so hopefully the bad won't be too bad. And it was only £59.99
I hope you get lots of fun and 'quite practice times' with your new 'baby'
I have spoken to a few people.....they ALL said that yes, electric violins are NOT silent, BUT they are less noisy than an acoustic with a rubber practice mute on and they sound better than the acoustic WITH the rubber practice mute on.
So, it seems you cannot really go wrong, as your practice will be less noisy to neighbours and you have the option to wear headphones to hear your screeches as loud as you like
You have 'spurred me on' with this thread and I have contacted my 'usual music shop' where I originally got hold of a clarinet a couple of months ago, I went into a frenzy back then and got the clarinet thinking I was going to get hooked on it, but it proved that it was just a 'fling', I have not touched it in ages and don't feel the desire to, so I know it is 'not my thing' deep down.
Anyway, called the shop today, explained the above....they are going to take the clarinet back from me and swap it with an electric violin (and I will get a few pounds back too! as the clarinet was quite a good one!).
A week from today I am getting a Yamaha SV200 in blue
This is a higher price range electric violin, but I thought I can't really go wrong as the clarinet is gathering dust and the violin is definitely the love of my life, been playing it for 3 years and will play it to my grave! I am highly addicted to it!!
So now I will have a violin to practice on at work if I want to (without disturbing patients in the waiting room and/or ward next to my office) or anywhere else where they don't enjoy 'my playing' (and where would that be??
And one day I could buy an AMP and then go out in the street with it at full volume and be my neighbours' joy!!!