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  • 02 Jan 2019 1:59 AM
    Message # 6979491

    In the late 1990s Yamaha came up with an idea of an solid body non acoustic electric violin with headphone. Marketed as a "silent violin" it was meant to be used as a practice instrument in apartments or other places where the sound of an acoustic would be intrusive. 

    Garbage "instruments' are available for around $120, but decent models are in the $600 plus range. 

    There are supply shops that offer parts, such as necks, pegs, chin rests and bridges and I suspect one of these of good to better quality could be made for under $100 that could compete with the $600 to $800 range models. 

    What do you think of one for a project? 

  • 02 Jan 2019 9:38 AM
    Reply # 6979727 on 6979491

    Hi Laurence,

    It would depend upon what techniques we would learn for me.  There are several projects that I would never build yet enjoy watching because of the techniques I learn.  I would put the violin in the same category.  A brief look at the Yamaha site shows a very interesting design that seems like it would open up some new techniques.  I have spoken with several luthiers in my local guild and have enjoyed their descriptions of wood selection and tuning.  While I don’t have any interest in building one I am open to the idea.  Perhaps helping Rob describe the build plan and the techniques involved would build support among non luthiers.  Happy New Year.

    Link to Yamaha 

  • 02 Jan 2019 3:54 PM
    Reply # 6980324 on 6979491

    Hi George

    Let's see if there is support for the idea. I like it, apart from a personal interest, because it's a radical departure from pretty much anything else ever made in Rob's shop. I have every expectation that it will open up a whole new way of work, new tool use and some new thinking. 

  • 05 Jan 2019 12:35 PM
    Reply # 6984670 on 6979491

    Since you have asked about support, I have to chime in that I would not be in favor of this type of very specialized project.  Every project that has been done so far demonstrates numerous techniques that can be applied to general woodworking projects, even if it is unlikely that I will ever build the project itself.

    Rich Scott

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