From Aaron Letizia
Posted August 27, 2005 at 07:45 AM
I also bought one of the Sojing electric/silent violins from ebay. I got it for 41$US and you get what you pay for. After a week or so, the strings settle and tuning is only minor adjustments after that. It's loud enough to play without the headphones (which I recommend - the sound quality through the pickup and headphones is attrocious). It also took me quite a while to figure out how to hold it as the model I have has a huge hole where my shoulder should be.
I bought it because I just started playing and wanted to "try" it out without spending too much money and I live in close priximity to neighbours who might not have appreciated my initial growing pains.
I don't regret buying it - although I will be purchasing a proper student violin VERY soon. I can see myself still using the Sojing in cases where I need to be quiet, or on trips to keep up my practice.
If you do get one, just don't expect a fine piece of workmanship. It's a cheap - although playable - instrument. It does have it's own issues (proper position and hold can be diffucult), and I read somewhere that the strings are a bit far from the fingerboard - which could contribute to my total inability to create any semblance of vibrato due the the amount of pressure I have to apply to the strings (or maybe it's because I'm just starting). You may also want to purchase 3 more fine tunners for the G,D,and A strings since the tunning pegs and shanks are plastic - coarse tunning is easy, but fine tunning with the pegs alone an be challenging.
Don't know if this helps, but that's what I have from my experience.
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