From Jeffrey Schmitt
Posted April 1, 2005 at 07:03 AM
The question: Is it worth getting a 5 string electric or just stick with 4 strings? How much adjustement is there between going from 4 strings to 5? (That is, if she practices a classical piece on the 5 string electric will it mess her up to transition over to the 4 string acoustic violin.) Does the extended range come in handy very often? Any other pros or cons?
Thanks in advance.
I'm 18 and looking into getting an electric, mostly to record songs I'm composing that I'd to like a "different" sound. An electric that is 4 strings can be a difference of $200 compared to 5, but after I tried a 5 string, I just couldn't imagine getting one without that lovely, deep C string. To get an electric that's only 4 wouldn't be worth it to me. But I think if she is only going to have one to play around with and practice on with headphones, five strings aren't at all necessary, and it won't be found lacking. Also, "heavy" would never be a word I'd use for any electric violins I've tried. The five string electrics I've played on were considerably lighter than my four string regular violin. I can't imagine, with all the small shapes electric violins come in now, that your daughter would find them heavy. Take care!
If you like the "lovely, deep C string", then ditch the violin and become a violist.
Also, what was that Heifetz thing about???
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