As someone who swore by the sound and build of my Zeta Jazz Fusion 5-string violin for over ten years, I stayed loyal to Zeta through several years of what seemed to be their most difficult financial times and a lot of turnover within their shop. I have to admit I was pretty bummed when Zeta closed down, but I first heard about Evan Fourness in October 2010 through a friend on the Fiddle Forum, so I got in touch with him immediately and I’m so happy I did. Therefore, this review not only talks about the quality and superb craftsmanship of the instrument I purchased, but also of the great experience I had in dealing with Evan and the great customer service and personalized attention he gave me as a buyer of his product.
String players are used to intonating their pitch by ear relative to other pitches they are playing, however when you take up a fretted instrument, pitch becomes absolute. This takes the guess work out of finger placement on the fingerboard, but without properly intonating, you’ll find even well-tuned open strings impossible to play in tune on across strings and up the fingerboard! Read the rest of this entry »
Every time I drive the 12 miles over to the Acoustic Image headquarters to pick up a new amp, Rick Jones talks about his latest ideas, and sometimes shows me his prototypes. I really appreciate his enthusiasm, and marvel at his seemingly endless quest to improve an already marvelous product line, yet sometimes he swears me to secrecy. I’ve known of his remote preamp idea for over a year now, and can finally talk about it – but still could not take photos.
There are actually two distinct parts of the new Acoustic Image Flex System – a remote preamp and a powered speaker cabinet. This will give even more flexibility to players who already have powered speakers, or go direct to a PA system. Read the rest of this entry »
I received a question…from a Creative Strings Academy member about “how to use looping and loop pedals” to practice and develop more music in his life. Here is his question and my answer below:
“I was wondering if a looper of some kind could help fill in the gaps for me as a bassist. As I understand it, I see you building tunes for the ground up. You lay down a bass track, then some comping and maybe some harmony and then practice jammin’ with the loops. Can you do that with jazz standards as well?
Thanks again for the inspiration and ideas. I know I would need some kind of bass pick up and…?”
Since our first display in Dallas, Texas in 2004, we look forward every year to supporting the American String Teachers Association with a diverse selection of amplified stringed instruments and gear. Held in Providence, Rhode Island this year, the annual conference brings together string teachers, players and students, and showcases businesses like Electric Violin Shop. We enjoy talking with the teachers about what their programs need to keep growing – this year we rolled out a new Rewards program called Plug In Your Program. Once a teacher signs up their school or district, 10% of sales are set aside as a reward to be used later for the program to acquire the instruments of gear they need to equip their students for the world of amplified strings. Read the rest of this entry »
I received my Realist RV5 Pro violin a week ago because my purchase was sent to my box in Miami, and from there came to my country, Chile, South America. I’m quite happy with the violin, really, every day I like more.!!!! Even my little girl of 2 years is also happy with the purchase. ( look the photo )