Equester Electric Violins - anyone tried one? If you hate electric violins, no need to respond.
I've just had Equester electric violins pop up in my field of view, and am wondering about them. The videos on their site are pretty anemic, but, I saw some other videos before I went there that were more appealing.
In this video, it sounds better than the other electrics being compared to it. Skip to the 5:30 mark. Seems to have less piezo buzz.
This one is not so bad either:
Another Equester video
They're going for under $500 on ebay, but the builder does not accept returns, which is worrisome.
Because they're custom instruments the no returns sort of makes sense, but it also means you're either stuck with it or stuck reselling it if you're unhappy.
I already have a very good electric, which the piezo buzz used to get me, but now I run it through a DI box, and equalizer, and some other stuff. So, I can wait. Probably more of a "if I just buy ONE MORE instrument, I will play better" syndrome thang going on.
It's okay, you can admit that the cosmetics appeal to you too! ;)
The neck worried me too, about ease of wear (since I haven't totally graduated away from my death grip). Another neck shown was carbon fiber, and I wondered how long until you started getting little black fibers embedding themselves into your finger tips.
Thanks for the knowledgeable feedback Tom. I'll try to find a point in the videos where they're playing the G string. I did find that it sounded better than some wood bodied electrics, but, could be that amp thing you mentioned.
I do accept returns. In fact eBay and Paypal policy obligates me to do so.
Thank you Ireneusz, good to know. I thought the posting I saw on eBay said you did not. This posting, for instance:
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