3 Stars By Boops on 2018-01-07
Good sound, reasonably priced.
I have been playing violin for over 15 years and thought I would try out a reasonably priced electric violin for the fun of it!! Here is my quick review:
- It sounds good right of the box (with an amp or nice headphones, such as Bose)
- It looks cool?
- Itâ€™s fairly silent, when not connected to an amp. This is a great feature when your practicing and trying not to annoy people around you. Iâ€™d compare it to an â€œacousticâ€ violin being muted, times 2
- Itâ€™s stays in tune, as long as you put some rosen on the pegs, when you first get it. Helps to keep the pegs from slipping.
- itâ€™s heavier than my â€œacousticâ€ violin or your â€œtypicalâ€ violin 4/4 size
- Itâ€™s not fit for everyoneâ€™s exact finger size, you will need to practice on it for a few hours.
- The case seems cheap and flimsy. It doesnâ€™t even fit sheet music! See pictures.
- The bow! It broke the day I received the product. It is poorly made! See pictures. Might be an isolated incident, but I doubt it.
- The headphones that come with it are a joke. Those went in the trash immediately.
If youâ€™re looking for a reasonably priced electric violin to have fun with, this is for you. This should NOT be the first violin you have ever played, experience is required. I use a Fender 20 watt amp and it works great! Enjoy and happy playing!
I gave it 3 stars because of the flaws of the case and the fact that the bow broke the day I received it.
4 Stars By Ermghoti on 2016-01-20
I gambled on the good reviews on this over a more expensive instrument
I have been an enthusiastic hobbyist at electric guitar, and my girlfriend wanted to dabble in electric violin. Given that this would be for quiet practice around the house, I gambled on the good reviews on this over a more expensive instrument.
Overall, I am quite pleased. I expected, as is standard with errm, "value" guitars, that extensive setup would be required. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The bridge was asymmetrical, like a serious instrument, and was cut such that the action height was a perfect 5.5 mm on the bass side, and a very slightly low 4.0 mm on the treble. The nut was also cut and shaped pretty well, perhaps the bass side could stand slightly deeper slots, but the nut was trimmed nicely into the break angle, and the top was milled down to expose the tops, if not the top halves, of the strings.
Despite the warnings, the provided strings tuned without breaking, and make violin-like noises. The provided rosin also functioned, although I have been told it took longer to work into the bow than would be expected.
The case/bag was actually quite nice, in my opinion, lots of storage, but very secure.
She has yet to try it amplified, but I verified it was outputting a signal, which was also reasonably violin-like as I picked at it.
The finish is not expertly applied, with some pretty aggressive rippling behind the nut, and the sunburst attempt on the neck was a bit reminiscent of a catfish's belly. They'd have been better served sticking to a solid/uniform color.
As for some of the other more common observations, I agree that the headphones are indeed uncomfortable, low output, generally not particularly good quality. The output jack is, in fact in an odd position, and I assume the cable will go bad, and I'll have to fashion an adapter for use with a standard 1/4" instrument cable.
This would be a dandy beginner's instrument, and will serve well for quiet practice. Given, say, myself, with a vague interest in being able to fake a little bowed instrument from time to time, it would be ideal.
4 Stars By Note Thanupakorn on 2016-09-21
Great violin for the price.
This is a solid beginner's instrument. Quality is decent. Detailing on the body is a little rough, but minor. The action is slightly higher than most making it a little harder to play. Tuning works just fine and the bow works like a bow should work. It is also just a hair heavier than a standard violin. Biggest complaint on this one is that I purchased the mahogany finish thinking it would be more of a wood stained look. Instead its more of a sparkly red finish. Wood grain only shows on the back of the neck. This is like due to covering up the rough woodwork job mentioned previously. Overall, I would recommend it as a beginner violin for someone looking to get into playing or something quiet just to practice on.
4 Stars By BTA-MALL Customer on 2018-01-06
Cecilio 4/4 CEVN-2NA Solid Wood Mahogany Violin...Doom and Gloom Free!!!
UPS delivered @ 7PM in 6 degrees cold. I immediately unpacked it to let the contents get to room temperature before any attempts of tweaking and tuning was made. Reading up on YouTube would be the first place to go for a less headache free set up of this inexpensive yet nicely made instrument for the price.
The violin case arrived safely and free of damage enclosed in a box of matching dimension as the case was, which was placed in a larger box with packing material for transport. Every bit of the instrument was in place, including the bridge!
Bow came tightened out of the box, not good and tension needs to be loosened whenever not in use. Used the supplied rosin after sanding the rosin lightly to prime it before applying to the bow. Applied pencil graphite to the slots in the nut and bridge. Pushed in the tuning pegs, loosened all the micro tuners so they were at the same level and SLOWLY applied tuning tension starting with the low G string, then going up to the lighter strings, stopping to allow the strings to stretch before stepping up the tuning. I took an hour to do this, and avoided busted strings and ensuring the bridge is at a 90 degree vertical when perfectly tuned.
The only caveat is the finish...the stain from the fingerboard comes off on your fingers, but that will go away with playing or rub it out with a light touch with a terry cloth. Seen a few drips of mahogany finish on the underside of the fingerboard (see pics). The finish is uneven in a few areas if you look hard enough, but not an issue at a $120 price point.
The angled TS 1/8" to 1/4" cord is your run of the mill Hosa brand. I would however secure the instrument cord 1/8" end of the cord to the violin with Velcro or similar out from the angled plug end with a little slack built into it in case it gets yanked potentially damaging the pre-amp unit.
The decal showing the battery polarity was correct on mine, but look a little closer at the goofy non-standard spring contacts to see the proper polarity printed the exposed circuit board for proper polarity before inserting the supplied 9-volt battery.
If the whole pre-amp unit should fail, I'd replace it with something like a KNA VV-1 Detachable Passive Piezo Pickup with a 1/4" output. That way you can get quality 1/4" instrument cable connectivity. Overall, very happy with this violin, and will take the advice from the experience of other reviewers that replaced the bridge bow and strings down the road. Until then, lotsa happy practice with my Cecilio 4/4 CEVN-2NA.
5 Stars By Km2455 on 2017-09-30
This is an outstanding deal on a decent sounding electric violin
This is an outstanding deal on a decent sounding electric violin. Full disclosure, I did have to send the first one back. It had something wrong with the electronics causing intermittent output of the line-out as well as the headphones jack. The second one was perfect.
Before putting any time into it, I would recommend you pop in the battery and plug your own â€œknown goodâ€ headphones into the headphones jack. While plucking the strings, adjust the volume and verify both left and right outputs work properly. It need not be in tune to test this out. If that turns out ok, Iâ€™d then plug the line-out into your amplifier and verify it works as expected.
I immediately replaced the bridge with a teller Aubert 9140-44, also available on BTA-MALL for $10.25. I removed the strings and removed all of the tuning pegs. I then applied Ardsley peg drops to each and re-installed them. I replaced the original strings with Dâ€™Addario Prelude strings for $14.75. The bow isnâ€™t great but functional and it did come with a couple of broken hairs but nothing major. I ordered a Kun original shoulder rest which fits in the case nicely.
I purchased this for my daughter so she could practice at night without fear of disturbing others. She has a very nice acoustic violin that she prefers. I give it 5 stars because it actually does sound descent, and descent sound with violins is usually at the $500 or more price point.
4 Stars By Desiree on 2017-10-08
First week review!
For the price, this violin is wonderful. Iâ€™ve been keeping up with daily practice and having fun learning. Definitely not Silent if you live in close quarters. Iâ€™m in a dorm room type setting, so Iï¸ try to be considerate and only practice pizzicato after 8pm. Really though, a great instrument for any beginner. Iâ€™d buy again in a heartbeat.
Ok. So let's get some obvious things over with first.
THROW AWAY the headphones. Do not plug them in. Do not place them around your head. Don't not pass go. Do not collect $200.
Literally any other pair you have will be better.
The strings are really just there for show, which is why the pegs slip so much. Either YouTube some videos on how to properly string a violin or bring it to a music store. When strung correctly, the peg slippage is almost non existent.
The case is cute but feels cheap. I'll keep it until it falls apart, of course :)
The violin itself is pretty decent for the price. It feels sturdy, and the sound is clear when I plug in my headphones and even better when I plug in my little portable speaker! I did notice some interference when my phone was near it...but that's easily remedied.
I've had mine for a little less than a week so I'll be back with a one month review!
5 Stars By Dakota Stebbins on 2018-01-15
You'll notice no paint behind the board and it's intentional they aren't being lazy, it's so you hand doesn't slip or slide also because the paint will just wear off from excessive playing anyway. The head phones are trash. The violin though is beautiful both in looks and sound, it comes with adjustable sound and tone knobs which gives you the ability to make the violin sound deeper or higher depending on preference. The bow is nothing fancy but it is not cheaply made and plays just as elegantly as the violin, though the rising is light in the picture mine came with darker rosin which is great since its winter time here in Michigan. The case is hard and well constructed making the protection that much better. All in all for a hundred dollars you're probably getting more like a hour hundred dollar violin in my opinion. You won't be disappointed in the sound.
5 Stars By Mike on 2010-08-18
Great Quality Instrument!!
I have been playing violin for three years now and I felt it was time to take the plunge into the electric violin world. I was also looking for something relatively inexpensive since my main violin is on the higher end. This was the perfect choice.
Sound - Try as it might, it just can't replicate the sound of an acoustic violin (which I wasn't looking for anyway). It can get pretty close though and all in all the sound is nice. The pickup is good, not the best quality but it does its job pretty well. As for being silent, it is quieter than an acoustic with a mute, but not completely silent.
Construction/Look - The body is nice and solid unlike some of the cheap online instruments you can get. The finish is well done and the ebony pieces with mother of pearl inlays look rather nice. The inlays fall flush too, nothing sticking out at all. The pegs don't slip at all. The only thing I could find wrong with the construction was the bridge. It was a bit too high but that is a very easy fix. A little bit o sanding and its good to go.
Extras - It came with a bow, aux cable, headphones, case and light rosin.
- The rosin I put aside because I prefer dark rosin.
- The headphones are fairly cheap but they work well enough that I'll use them until they break. Don't expect an amazing sound quality.
- The aux cable is pretty standard and I had no issue with it.
- The case is actually pretty decent. It lacks the durability and quality of higher end cases, but it does what it is supposed to and protects your violin. The zippers on mine get stuck once and a while.
- The bow is not half bad either. The wood work and inlay are well done. I think the rest of the bow is brazilwood. The bow doesn't stick when tightening or losing it like cheaper bows.
I definitely recommend this if you are considering an electric violin and aren't looking to spend $800. You'll get more than you paid for and be very happy with it.
3 Stars By Mark A. Hill on 2017-12-25
Know what you are buying!
This is a very inexpensive electric violin and you will have to put some work into it to make it enjoyable if you already play and have a decent acoustic violin. If you don't know how to play and don't have someone to help you set the violin up, I would avoid this product as you will have issues with it. Right out of the box it was evident that the strings were junk- I knew this going in from other reviews. But I couldn't even bring the G string into tune before it broke! I replaced the strings with some decent(but inexpensive) ones and got the violin in tune. I handed it to my son who is the real violinist and the strings and the bridge flew off and the strings slackened before he finished his first song! It did sound nice through my amp while it lasted. The screw that held the tail piece to the body had stripped right out of the wood. This released tension on the strings and caused everything to fall apart. I'm in the process of filling the screw hole with an epoxy mix and will probably change the screw to a little longer one. If this works, I'll update my review. I can't imagine why Cecilio wouldn't put $20 more into the violin to make it solid out of the box. It would still be an amazing value and fun product.
5 Stars By Joe on 2013-08-09
The violin is great. It is not absolutely perfect, but for the price you pay, it is amazing. I've played for over 17 years (since I was 5)
To start, anything this cheap for any instrument can be expected to be pretty trashy. This violin is so much better than that and is easily worth the $400 it used to be.
I hesitated a lot to make this purchase because of some of the negative feedback. Honestly a lot of that negative feedback is coming from 2 types of people:
1: New players who have no idea what they are talking about and just complain when the instrument didn't work out for them easily and perfectly. They complain about the tuners (which are perfectly fine for a brand new instrument which will obviously slip in the beginning).
2. People who legitimately got a bad product. I actually bought this violin 3 years ago and it came broken. The electronics didn't work, but the return policy was fantastic. At first the company sent me new electronics for free. When it still didn't work they offered me a new violin for free, but I decided just to return it then. So yes, you might get a bad product, but the company policies are great and will right any wrongs if you give them the chance before freaking out and writing a bad review.
Just a few CONS:
-Bridge is actually pretty high, but NOTE: Every violin bridge comes needing work. There is no such thing as a previously fitted bridge from manufacturing. So people need to stop complaining about this too. Sand it down some, fix the action, and it's perfect.
-The bow is a little bit heavy and not the highest quality. What did you expect? It works perfectly, is perfect for playing, and for the price justifies any shortcomings and some.
-There is some loose piece (probably wood chip) inside the area they hollowed the violin out for the pickup. This rattles if you shake the violin or turn it upside down. So that really bothers my OCD, but still, is not that big an issue to cry.
-A bit of the metallic finish at the scroll did get sprayed onto the fingerboard/fretboard (can't remember what it's called, getting my guitar terms mixed in here). Again, it does not influence the playability, but it does represent a sloppy finish.
The violin is so awesome. It's sound is pretty darn good plugged straight into an amp or through the headphones. Plug it into an effects board, and the tones get too sweet to describe. Sand down the bridge a bit and the action is perfect. Ignore the inner jiggling of the loose wood chip and the sloppy finish and you'll be well on your way to enjoying a fantastic instrument at a better than fantastic price!