Recommended accessories for YSV 104
Good day everyone.
I am planning to get a YSV104 next month for practice purposes. I’ve seen a lot of negative comments about it but it seems to be the best choice for me since I live in a paper thin wall apartment and a country where the rules are strict when it comes to noise.
Anyways, I am planning to include a shoulder rest and mute as well.
I have a shoulder rest on my acoustic violin but it is very uncomfortable.
Any recommendation for a shoulder rest and mute will be very much appreciated.
Also, does the mute affect the sound of the violin when plugging an earphones?
For shoulder rest, it's really your taste and what you like. I had the luxury to try a lot of them and sell the ones that I didn't like. Many of which I really cannot find online anymore. Some of the memorable ones:
I know the people who have previously posted here are giving you the best advice they can, but having owned a YSV104 in the past, I've a couple of points of caution.
I just checked my Artino mute on YSV104, Tony is right, it does not fit properly (it does go on the bridge of my YSV104 but not all the way as it does on my main violin, but it doesn't actually do anything to mute the sound). I also just tried a rubber practice mute, it fits but it doesn't mute anything.
Off topic question for Tony, how does Catrpilr compare to Artino in terms of how well it mutes an acoustic violin?
I respectfully recommend the Boss ME-80 multi-effects device. Great fun.
Paul have you used that combination? FWIW the YSV-104 is not intended to plug into an amp.
Hi Steven. For me, the Catrplr mute is hands down way better than the Artino in several ways.
Andres -- oh sorry I didn't know that. I thought it was a regular electric violin. You can only listen to it through earbuds then? Seems rather limited in scope.
I’m pretty sure you can connect the YSV to an amp, you don’t have to tho
Paul and Rosemary: The YSV-104 is not designed for amplification, although the instructions include an illustration of running a cable from the 3.5 mm earphone out on the SRT control box to an amp. My understanding, based on comments from The Electric Violin Shop (they have a Youtube video on the topic) and someone even closer to the horse's mouth, is that there is a power/impedance mismatch and you won't get a great sound unless you go through a pre-amp (or the previously mentioned onboard power modification).
Andres, I tried to delete my post after going to the website and seeing that there is no mention of amplification possibilities on the YSV 104 in particular. I wish I knew which model I had been loaned, I didn’t realise there were choices until I gave it back, when I tried to research buying one. I suspect it’s an older version that isn’t made any more.
J Ray, neither Artino nor the flexible practice rubber mute do anything for muting YSV104 at all. It does help with YEV104 (when I tried at a local music store a whiel ago) but not for YSV. The tailpiece for YSV is also built-in and cannot be changed.
Tony, to me the low profile for the mute is very important for me too because especially during practice, I want to see where my bow is touching on my violin. Do you know if there is a European distributor for Catrpilr practice mutes by Wiessmeyer?
About the YSV tailpiece. FWIW, although the disassembly involved may void the warranty, the tailpiece is replaceable. Removing the sticky screw covers and unscrewing everything is pretty straightforward (the pad under the shoulder rest frame mount is the most tricky to preserve and replace). The only real challenges are preserving the screw covers and reinstalling them, and the tailgut, which would probably have to be replaced. Possibly some creativity may be required to get a new tailgut to the required length.
I wonder what would happen if you stuffed the violin with fiberglass.
Hi Steven, I'm in the UK and I just ordered mine from their website. I seem to recall it took a little while to arrive (10-14 days, something like that), but a trouble-free process otherwise.
Paul, it's easy enough to get a YEV + [accessory of your choice as earphone driver] if you want both at around the same price, or one of the more expensive dual function units. I agree Yamaha optimized the YSV for practice, and maybe keeping the weight down and cost down led to the configuration we are finding so discussable. :-)