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Feb 24, 2021 - 10:57:22 AM
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I recently bought the electric violin primarily as a way to get the loud sound of an acoustic violin away from my ear (I have physical pain if I play a loud violin every day. I do try to play more sections quietly, and I’ve tried four different mutes, but they haven’t been satisfactory for me. I’ve also been trying the little foam hearing protectors in my left ear, and that does help some and seems to have minimal impact on the sound quality).

For various reasons, I’ve been mostly playing regular violins lately and the ear pain this weekend had me mostly skip practice yesterday. SO, I hooked up the electric violin again (through ToneDexter, into a Zoom multi-fx for a little chorus and reverb or digital delay, and into a small Roland CM-30 Cube Monitor) (Ok, I remember now why I was using the regular violins, lol. Nothing to hook up!)

SUCH a relief on my ears! I still prefer all the goodness of a wooden violin (or the slightly less goodness of a Glasser carbon composite violin), but it is nice to have the option to move most of the volume away from my ears. I left the electric violin hooked up this time, so I can rotate it regularly with my regular violins.

By the way, I don't bury the violin sound in FX, but just a touch. Still, I do sound better with the FX! 

Edited by - DougBrock on 02/24/2021 11:01:15

Feb 25, 2021 - 9:44:04 PM
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224 posts since 6/3/2016

That's a great setup, certainly if you have ear trouble. It's good to have options.

Mar 7, 2021 - 7:07:30 AM
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4 posts since 6/24/2007

I too recently bought a Yamaha EV104. I started-out playing an inexpensive entry level Cecilio (which was actually a pretty impressive value). I'm using the electric violins solely to keep the noise down and avoid the expense of a divorce or a class-action lawsuit from my neighbors. I liked the active pick-up on the Cecilio and the fact that I could plug headphones directly into it, but it was painfully heavy (around 2 lbs.). After suffering with the weight of the Cecilio for a couple years I began searching for a light electric, and that led me to the 104, as I think even Yamaha's high-end SV's weigh more.

However, as you know, to use headphones with the EV104 its passive pick-up requires at least a pre-amp. Not being very knowlegable about electronics and not being particularly concerned about high-quality sound reproduction when I'm practicing (most of the time), I just bought a Blackstar Amplug2-Fly. It weighs practically nothing and plugs directly into the 1/4" jack on the 104, so the only cable or wires involved are my headphones. Admittedly it's not designed for a violin and the sound quality isn't optimum, but it serves my purposes.

blackstaramps.com/uk/ranges/amplug2-fly

Mar 7, 2021 - 4:03:48 PM

125 posts since 4/2/2019

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Originally posted by OmeZenabi

However, as you know, to use headphones with the EV104 its passive pick-up requires at least a pre-amp. Not being very knowlegable about electronics and not being particularly concerned about high-quality sound reproduction when I'm practicing (most of the time), I just bought a Blackstar Amplug2-Fly. It weighs practically nothing and plugs directly into the 1/4" jack on the 104, so the only cable or wires involved are my headphones. Admittedly it's not designed for a violin and the sound quality isn't optimum, but it serves my purposes.

blackstaramps.com/uk/ranges/amplug2-fly

 


I bought something similar, the VOX Amplug 2 AC30 for similar reasons. Quick and easy way to get a passive pickup into headphones. I wasn't thrilled with the sound of a violin coming through it, but I can see it would be a lot of fun with an electric guitar. If I ever NEED a way to get to just headphones, the Amplug is in my toolkit.

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