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Mar 7, 2021 - 5:20:14 PM
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125 posts since 4/2/2019

I wanted to try wireless with my Yamaha electric violin - the 1/4” jack is up beneath and basically inside the instrument, so wireless transmitters can be pretty much invisible. How could I resist the opportunity to play untethered? So, I have tried three systems this past week. None have body packs - I didn’t want to lose an audio cable only to have to wear a body pack and still need a cable. Plus the systems without body packs tend to be cheaper, and I wasn’t wanting to spend a lot of money just for casual use.

Line 6 G10S. This 2.4 GHz system was the most expensive system I tried - $199. Unfortunately it was DOA and the transmitter wouldn’t charge. I returned the system and Guitar Center didn’t have any more in stock in the Kansas City area. Sad, because I did like the receiver which had balanced and unbalanced out and you just had to plug the transmitter into the receiver to charge. One negative was that the 2.4 GHz band is very popular and very crowded.

Amoon 5.8 GHz wireless system. This $60 system works in the 5.8 GHz band and is supposed to be less likely to experience interference problems than devices in the more crowded 2.4 GHz band. These devices use USB to charge, so not as convenient as the G10S. On the other hand, the small transmitter and receiver ARE very small and easy to stick in a pocket of your jacket or backup. Very simple to use - just slide the switch from off to on. The output was hotter than the WS-70 and to my ears was harsh. Dialing down treble helped. Not a bad system.

Swiff Audio WS-70. This $70 system uses UHF and other users have reported much less interference than with 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz systems. Also charge by USB. Also small and storable. Push and hold buttons on the transmitter and receiver and get a glowing green verification of operation and communication. The output wasn’t as hot as with the Amoon, but I found the sound smoother and more pleasant. This one is my winner!

Because they are so inexpensive, I’m keeping both the Amoon and Swiff Audio systems. For the total of $130, I have two small portable wireless systems in two different RF bands. Win win!

Playing wireless violin has been AWESOME. Even standing or sitting still, it’s wonderful not having a cable trailing from my violin. If I want or need to move around, no problem. So sweet! It made my YEV-104 even more fun to play!

Now to see how the systems stand up to use and time. :)

Mar 8, 2021 - 5:49:09 AM
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2256 posts since 10/22/2007

I use a $24 set got from Walmart.com. Been using it weekly for 3 hour sessions, for a about 4 months. They just work. They work better than expected. Yes, quite liberating not messing with a cable. Sometimes I wish the units were hinged like more expensive units. But it's just a cosmetic thing.

Mar 8, 2021 - 6:28:31 AM
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bees

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85 posts since 6/16/2016

Try the Line 6 system again. I use one and love it. I use it mostly on my mandolin but have also used it on my regular fiddle with an LR Baggs pickup and a little EQ and reverb on the sound board. I typically run a Bartlett mic on the fiddle these days.

The Line 6 when charged lasts a long time, 8 hours? I found that the sound board we use prefers the unbalanced output of the receiver for some reason. It's harder to control the volume with the XLR output.

Mar 8, 2021 - 7:25:14 AM

125 posts since 4/2/2019

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Originally posted by bees

Try the Line 6 system again. I use one and love it. I use it mostly on my mandolin but have also used it on my regular fiddle with an LR Baggs pickup and a little EQ and reverb on the sound board. I typically run a Bartlett mic on the fiddle these days.

The Line 6 when charged lasts a long time, 8 hours? I found that the sound board we use prefers the unbalanced output of the receiver for some reason. It's harder to control the volume with the XLR output.


I might try the Line 6 again (I do like the design choices), but I'm in no hurry. The Swiff Audio is working great!

I guess the Line 6 purchase would depend on how much I end up using the electric violin and how much I end up playing out with it. The electric violin is a nice alternative to give my ears a rest, but I generally reach for a wood violin! :) (Wireless convenience is a factor, but I still have to hook up and power up the Tonedexter, the Zoom FX unit, the amp, and the wireless system. The Zoom unit stays powered if audio input cable is connected and it's on batteries, so I always pull that cable. The Tonedexter doesn't have a power switch, so I pull the power adapter each time. I don't turn off the power strip because I have other electrical things running from it (including chargers). The wooden violin is just immediate! :)

Mar 8, 2021 - 8:07:17 AM

125 posts since 4/2/2019

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Originally posted by bees

Try the Line 6 system again. I use one and love it. I use it mostly on my mandolin...


I've been playing mandolin with my local jam group for the past couple of years. Well, until Covid came along anyway. Got my first Covid shot last week, so hope to rejoin the guys in a month or two! I've been working on the fiddle since December and hope to spring it on them before long. :)

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