Our Review of the Cecilio Electric Violin

ragtimeadmin April 29, 2014 0

Electric violins are relatively new to the digital instrument world and are rapidly gaining popularity among new violin players as well as more seasoned professionals. There is a serious lack of reviews for these cool new instruments, so I figured I would write my own to help others out there that are seeking some information. I am going to tell you a little about the really awesome, Cecilio CEVN-2BK Electric Violin since I believe that it is a really great electric violin for players of all skill level as it has something to offer everyone.

Cecilio Violin vs. The Rest

Product Size Weight (lbs) Sound Quality Style Rating Price
Cecilio 4/4 CEVN-1BK
4/4
5.0
Excellent
Electric
$$
Yamaha SV-130
4/4
5.0
Excellent
Electric
$$$$
Barcus Berry Vibrato BAR-AEG
4/4
4.9
Great
Acoustic-Electric
$$$$
Fever Acoustic Electric Violin
4/4
8.0
Good
Acoustic-Electric
$$
Cecilio CVNAE
4/4
5.0
Good
Acoustic-Electric
$$

Features and Specs
  • Violin available in 3 different sizes depending on user size and preference: 4/4 (full size), ¾ or ½
  • Available in 2 different, unique styles
  • Striking metallic finish add character and depth to the violin
  • Carved by hand from solid maple and stained ebony for ultimate visual appeal
  • Sleek and stylish ebony fingerboard, chin rest and pegs for full functionality
  • Stunning ebony tailpiece with an inlay of mother of pearl with 4 removable fine tuners
  • Violin powered by 9v alkaline battery for hours of continual play. The battery is included!
  • Convenient 1 year manufacturer’s warranty against defects included at time of purchase (extended warranties may be available from seller)

One of the first things that I noticed about this electric violin was its appearance. It is so unique and interesting looking. It is actually quite beautiful in an abstract kind of way. The violin is made of solid maple that is stained a stunning ebony color with mother of pearl in lays that add a very nice touch. The Cecilio is a winning combination of visual appeal and great function. Sounds like a win/win to me.

Cecilio Electric Violin ReviewThis electric violin comes in three sizes depending on the player’s preference. You may choose from: 4/4 (full size), ¾ or ½. There are two styles available as well, but functionality is the same with either style or size. I prefer the look and feel of the full size as it is more my style, but I can see the benefit of the smaller ¾ or ½ for smaller hands or younger players.

The sound is very good considering it is an electric violin, which in and of itself is a new form of technology. It tries very hard to mimic an acoustic violin’s sound and actually comes surprisingly close. The Cecilio CEVN-2BK has the capability to be plugged into an amp or mixer for bigger, better sound. I will also mention though that the violin itself has great sound without help. It has pretty great volume control and amplification built in. The violin will mature the longer you play it and that will help with the sound too.

This electric violin comes with a headphone jack, volume control and a set of headphones as well. The headphones are cheaply made and not much to write home about, but the sound is still great. They are perfect for practice and absolutely serve their purpose. The violin is great for silent practice so you don’t disturb anyone around you. Just plug headphones into the jack and play away.

The Cecilio CEVN-2BK takes a 9V (remember one battery is included with the accessory package) to power and play. This is a pro and con in my opinion. It’s a great feature since it allows for optimum portability, rather than powered by an AC adapter.

The downside to the violin being battery operated is that batteries lose their charge eventually. Having to replace the batteries can be a bit of a drain on the wallet, but one thing to consider would be to use rechargeable batteries and a charging station so you are not constantly buying batteries.

The bridge of the electric violin is really oddly shaped and makes some notes harder to hit as they are higher than on a regular bow. You will probably want to replace the bridge after giving it a few days of playing time as the original bow really affects the playability.

The strings that come with the Cecilio CEVN-2BK aren’t that great in all honesty. I found that the strings that come with it are totally acceptable, but more seasoned professionals may want a better quality string. The strings are replaceable however, so you may feel the need to replace these guys as well.

The one major drawback that I encountered was with the bow that comes standard with the violin. This bow is acceptable for beginners, but it is far below the standards that most professional players have for their bows. A regular acoustic bow will work perfectly if you have one on hand already.

Secondary to the bow issues I encountered is the issue of player hesitation and string noises that can be heard as part of the sound mix when recording. This is not an issue with an acoustic violin as the sounds are not audible to the human ear. Unfortunately there really isn’t a way to avoid this as it is part of having an electric instrument.

There are a few other very minor issues with the Cecilio CEVN-2BK, but they are by no means deal breakers and there are simple solutions to most. The pegs tend to slip a bit, but this can easily be fixed with peg drops. The violin is a bit on the heavy side when compared to an acoustic, so you will probably want to invest in a good shoulder rest. Lastly, the plug for the amp is located on the bottom of the violin which causes the plug to fall out frequently. There isn’t a fix for this last issue.

All in all I was very impressed with the Cecilio CEVN-2BK and the price really cannot be beat. This violin is easy to tune, play and the accessories are a great addition making it a complete and awesome package. I was able to find a pretty awesome price, so check around the web for some sales.

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