Practice Violin to take on the road
Has anyone ever used a hollow body practice violin they take on trips allowing practicing in hotels. I saw the Cecilio line on Amazon for 109.00.
What's a "hollow body" violin? I have a $109 Cecilio. It's not any quieter, but the way it sounds, I just wish it was.
I don't, but would probably if I travelled a lot. Probably just buy an electric one and work on intonation(its where I fall down).
I’m on the road a lot and they aren’t as fragile either, I guess for 109.00 you cannot go wrong.
I guess the advantage of a "hollow body" violin is that if you want it to be quieter you can just fill it with rice or "Great Stuff" foam sealant.
I'd rather not get tinnitus on a road trip. I just bring my main violin with me, because it's sort of my only one at the moment.
Thanks guys, apparently the pic did not upload, I added that so you could see what I was talking about. Yes, it’s an electric violin. Thanks for everybody’s input.
I think Matthew means one of the silent/electric ones. You can practice the left hand and basic bowing things but for tone exercises and other advanced things that depend on the string feedback I'm guessing you'll find it lacking. There are many interesting travel violin designs out there, some quiet, some not. Silent/practice violins have been around for a long time. I wonder if anyone's actually solved it along the way but the solution got lost.
An alternative would be a cheap normal violin, with a heavy duty practice mute.
I wonder if the main issue for you is the sound/loudness of the violin when practising in a hotel, or the size -- ie fitting it as a carry on in flight.
FWIW violins with heavy mutes on vary considerably in loudness. Heavy factory instruments can end up in the range of a solid electric but my very nice violin is much louder.
I have Yamaha YSV104 Silent Violin. It cost rather more than $109 but is a) very quiet (far quieter than my main violin, even with a heavy duty artino practice mute) and b) it's very pleasant to play
I came across this article when it comes to silent violin. Someone measure the noise level (dB) of different violin (mainly electric). It can give you a rough guide on how much mileage you can get going from mute to electric.
Thank you so much for the input and replies. Yes to all, Yes I meant something that wont be too noisy for my hotel guests around me, Yes I want to practice schradiek dexterity exercises with the down time on my layovers and Yes something easy to carry.....Tony, looking into the Yamaha on your suggestion. Definitley still researching whats out there, most violin shops in every city I have travelled to are really chill about people coming in and playing their instruments. One of the coolest was Peter Prier and sons in Salt Lake, Paul, Chris and John made me feel like family. Thanks everyone.
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