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Amazing tonal capabilities and futuristic looks with familiar feel.
A revolutionary pickup system in the Yamaha EV-205 Electric 5-String Violin uses sensors under each string that resonate 3-dimensionally producing incredible tone. The onboard mixer includes level controls for each string plus a master level control. A headphone jack and Silent Practice technology can also be used onstage with an in-ear personal monitor. The violin body/frame and soundboard are made of carved, solid maple providing acoustic-like resonance. The 5th C string adds immense versatility to this revolutionary Yamaha Electric Violin and combined with the pickup system it gives you searing tone that lends itself to jazz and rock repertoires.
Take your artistry to new heights with this revolutionary instrument.
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I tried one out a year ago. When playing it *acousticly* it didn't sound natural. It doesn't have great tone compared to other electric violins out there Examples: Wood Violin, Violectra, Jordan, and so on so forth.A second problem is the hype of it A SILENT VIOLIN. If you play this your more than likely to own an amp so it's not a very useful feature to just plug in headphones to the violin and waist battery. Why not just plug in the headphones to the amp?
I work in a live environment with 3 of these fiddles. They actually sound startlingly like real fiddles when EQ'd properly. My only issues with them is that the electronics are crap. Each day the gain is different. Also the pickups seam to wear out, creating a very dull and cheap sound. Also 2 of the 3 I work with randomly cut out completely. They are only 2 1/2 months old. The third one, which is a year old, seems fin, but the pickups are worn as stated above. All in all, they sound reasonably like real fiddles.
I have played violin for about 12 years, and electric for about 7. I have owned almost every type from fenders to zetas as well as others. I was very skeptical about the yamaha from the sound quality of the sv-120. But after hearing the 200 and then the EV205, I was convinced. I currently own a blue EV205, and it has the most amazing tone I could imagine. I run it through boss pedals, and it is very responsive. Pure violin tone with an aggressive edge best describes the tone. The geared tuners are awesome as well!
The Yamaha Ev-205 just feels right. Going back and forth from my acoustic to this electric is totally natural. The sound quality is head and shoulders above every other electric I've tried.
I'm a pro violinist- beleive me. It plays music!
I have had two of these because in the direct mode one of the strings is quieter than the others. In the controlled mode this can be equalled out, just means I cant play without batteries. Sent it in for replacement, got it back with this time a different string quieter than the others. Other than that, it is a beautiful product, great fun on stage, especially the additional possibilities offered by the C string.If the "quieter string" is just my problem, then it would have be 10 of 10 and I have had other e-violins to compare.Switching to acoustic and back no problem after a short while.
The violin has a pure and clean sound when plugged in. The silent feature is awesome for practicing. The built in reverb is a blessing! The violin itself is beautiful.