The Bach Suite For Cello thread in Great Performances got me to thinking about the instrument the artist was playing.
I think I might like an electric (silent, anyway) instrument sometime in the future, myself. It would greatly expand my opportunities to practice here at home. Currently, I have to schedule my time so that it doesn't interfere with any other activities here in our small house, where the sound carries. I prefer to practice when nobody else is around...
The ability to practice silently (to everybody else, anyway) but still be able to hear myself has a lot appeal to me, and might mean that I could get in more playing time. It would also make recording much less of a logistical problem, as well.
For those who have experience with sorts of instruments, how "silent" are they? Any other concerns?
I tried a Yamaha silent violin in a music store once. It was great, and quiet! The Yamaha silent instruments really are silent. If you want something that other people won't be able to hear, those are the right ones for you. You should see if you can try one out somewhere. 🙂
The only problem is they're kind of spendy. Cecilio unfortunately doesn't make electric violas. 🙁
I agree. I could even test it here and put them up on http://fiddlershop.com/
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