Posted by fiddlefire on Saturday, January 30, 2010
All you electric violin players out there. I have had an experience this new pedal that is creating quite a buzz in the music world. This pedal is advertised to drop tune 1/2 step all the way down to an octive. Well I just had to order it and see for myself.This pedal is designed for guitar and also states for electric violin which I read in one of the millions of adds that I have encountered. I have worked a long time on the types of sounds that I use playing electric violin depending on the genre of music that I will be gigging with. I run my electric violins through a digitech rp-200 effects pedal, a boss eq stomp box into a fishman solo amp into a pa head or whos ever system that I am dealing with at the time. The end result of the addition of the drop tune box was a dissapointment! Not only can you hear both notes played simultaniously, but it also degraded the sound reproduction by at least 25%. I tried it for starters with my Zeta 4 string Stratos violin and then tried my old solid body electric, both leading to usatisfactory results. Some time when things are designed around a certain type of instument, they cannot be mixed out. Not always true such as my digitech rp-200. A, well you guest it, a guitar pedal which works great. One thing that can be a little unfortunate and trying at times is the fact that WE fellow violin players do not have the as much opertunity do just walk into a music store to hear what sounds right with a product line or to go to another gig of another band and be able to comiserate in person with a fellow violin player the way intrumentalist have such as guitar players, bass player ecetra-excetra!. It is wounderful to have these forums so we can all pick each others notes! Hope that this info is at all usefull.
Keep jammin and havin fun, from bluegras to fusion!
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @12:30:29 PM
I think you'd be doing a big service if you reprinted this review on the forum and in the review section. Most don't play electric, but those who do might be tempted to try this, and you'll for sure save them some dough.
Good news is you can probably resell this and get most of your dough back. Guitarists are gear heads extraordinaire!
Saturday, January 30, 2010 @1:51:20 PM
Hey there. Thanks for the heads up. Im brand new to this site and still trying to figure it all out. I will give it ashot and that peal box was puchased fro musicians friend and so it went back the same day! Sounds like you are from Maryland? Im in fenwick is De. Nice to chat, my gig cancelled tonight with the snow. Pleasure meeting you.
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @3:19:18 AM
Hey, John! You look mighty happy playin' that fiddle!
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @1:13:54 PM
The "two notes at once" phenomenon was went through my head immediately upon seeing the blog title. I bet it's just as weird for an electric guitar because the pickups often work in conjunction with sympathetic string vibration to create sustain, and I imagine playing notes that sound a whole step down would disrupt that glorious pairing.
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @4:30:44 PM
I've been to Easton MD, but no, I'm in Easton PA. Still not TOO far, and I love the coastline down your way. Maybe we'll play some tunes someday.
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