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A Silent Violin?


Aren’t violins made to be heard? Why would you want a silent one, then? Well, silent violins have several advantages (besides just being fun to play!). Here are some thoughts!

Violin PracticeSilent practice. A silent violin is designed primarily to be just that: silent. Without the resonating chamber of a traditional violin, a silent violin won’t produce much sound when you play on it. However, you can listen to your sound through headphones! Therefore, if you need to practice but you don’t want to bother anyone with the sound, a silent violin can be a good option for you.

Input. Silent violins have an input jack that lets you plug your CD or MP3 player directly into the instrument. This enables you to play along and practice with your favorite CDs – and no one else even needs to hear a thing.

Output. Silent violins don’t have to be silent if you don’t want them to be! They have an output jack so that you can plug the violin directly into an amplifier. A silent violin, therefore, turns out to be not just a quiet practice tool but also an electric instrument that can be used at gigs.

Silent ViolinBuilt-in preamp. Silent violins feature an onboard preamp that allows greater control over your sound. Several tonal options (like “reverb”) can be applied to your sound while you are listening on headphones or while you are performing with your amp! Typically you would want to plug an electric violin into a separate preamp before plugging it into an amp in order to possess the most control over the tone. But silent violins have this feature built in to the body of the instrument so you don’t have to worry about getting a separate preamp!

We have several different options of silent violins. Our most popular silent violin is the “Plug ‘n Play” (PPV14T and PPV24T). This comes with either four or five strings and has several color options. We also carry the Yamaha silent violins (YV1 and YSV4) the NS Design series. These are similar to the Plug ‘n Play but offer a greater refinement of sound.



Ooooo this is a sore subject for me. I myself own an electric violin. I use it when I play in "band" situations or outdoors when I have to be amplified in places where volume is more important than tone or nuance. Any serious violinist knows that there is a GREAT deal of difference between playing an "acoustic" instrument (ie a REAL violin) vs. playing an electric or "silent" violin. My beef comes from a situation I found myself in several years ago at a university where I was teaching string class. Without consulting the retiring string professor or the incoming string professor (me) the head of the department (a drummer) spent the ENTIRE string department budget on several dozen Yamaha "silent" violins. He gleefully informed me that now, the rest of the department would not have to listen to the squeeking and scraping coming from practice rooms because the violins were "silent". Boy was I depressed. You cannot teach a string class with these things. The violin is all about being able to hear in the surrounding environment. As a string teacher, I cannot hear and evaluate what my students are doing.. and they can't truly evaluate what they are doing when listening with earphones.  
With an electric violin, tone quality is not really an option. You can perhaps evaluate your intonation... but not your tone as achieved by proper bow technique. Even when doing recording.. I do not use my electric. A violin is all about the manipulation of tone and nuance which is not possible on an electric instrument. Teaching violin is so much more than simply teaching how to play in tune.. it's about producing the tone itself. When I was searching for an electric instrument I tried many looking for one whose general tone quality had enough warmth and fullness to satisfy me. The type of string you use on an electric makes a great deal of difference.
Posted @ Thursday, August 23, 2012 5:14 PM by Dee Braxton-Pellegrino
Thanks for your comment, Dee! That's such a great point: a silent violin should be used in conjunction with an acoustic violin, and only in specific situations. For example, if you absolutely have to practice in a quiet space or you're playing outdoors and you need to be plugged in. But otherwise, there's no substitute for the real thing. And that is so depressing about the string department budget too being spent entirely on electric violins. Maybe when you're the head of the department you can get drum machines for his students?
Posted @ Friday, August 24, 2012 1:39 PM by Joseph Chapman
can u suggest which one is better for me as a new violinist?
Posted @ Sunday, January 20, 2013 12:39 AM by emma
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