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Sign our petition: Electric Violin Music Isn’t Noise

Electric violinist Jeff Neil, of Synergy Violins, has entertained listeners in downtown Greenville, South Carolina for more than a year. Despite having performed with prior permission from the City, his recent renewal application for his street performance permit was denied. The reason, as stated by Greenville special events coordinator Victoria Cervantz: “The amplification rules for street performers is being tightly enforced and monitored…Electric guitars, electric violins, loop stations, background music for instruments, etc. are no longer being approved in order to fully abide by the ordinance as well as in response to noise complaints from visitors, residents and businesses.”

However, Chapter 36, Article V, Section 36–143(k) of the Greenville, South Carolina, Code of Ordinances* clearly states that while “all street performers in conducting street performance activities shall be subject to the city’s noise ordinance…performances with sound amplification are excluded unless the city manager or the city manager’s designee issuing permits determines that the amplification is necessary or proper for the musical or other sound component of a performance.”

Amplification is necessary for the sound component of a solid body electric violin performance. Furthermore, Neil says that in the many times he has played, he has had only one noise complaint, and responded appropriately because he did not want to lose the chance to perform.**

Tell the City of Greenville and other cities that electric violin music is not noise by signing our petition.

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2014 Summer Eclectic Styles String Camps and Festivals

Students and teachers — consider taking advantage of some time off in the summer to both hone your technique and explore different musical styles by attending one of these fine string camps! Our list focuses on camps that teach and promote alternative (non-classical) styles such as jazz, rock, blues, latin, bluegrass, celtic, etc. Below these listings are links to other online resources that list great string camps, classical or otherwise, throughout the country… Read the rest of this entry »

‘Heartbleed’ Bug Patch Installed On ElectricViolinShop.com

Electric Violin Shop takes the security of your personal data seriously. To that end, we wanted to alert those of you who were not aware to the existence of the Heartbleed security vulnerability. We also wanted to inform you that electricviolinshop.com has installed the security update to block Heartbleed, and let you know what you should do to protect yourself and your personal information.

First, we recommend that you use this tester (enter https://www.electricviolinshop.com and click ‘Go’), which actually goes to the site, sends a malformed heartbeat and extracts ~80 bytes of memory as proof, just like an attacker would. It doesn’t check versions or make assumptions, it looks for the bug.. The lastpass.com Heartbleed tester that was linked to from the CNET article on the “Heartbleed” bug only checks to see a site is using the Apache server. It automatically assumes that any site that uses Apache could be vulnerable, without actually letting you know whether or not the site you’re looking up has taken care of the problem.

Once the sites that you habitually visit have fixed the problem (electricviolinshop.com has already done so, but you should check, just to be sure), clear your browser’s cache and cookies before logging into any site. You should then change your passwords, starting with sensitive accounts like banks and your main email account.

Unearthed Documents, Recordings Point to Heifetz’s Prog Rock Beginnings

by Duncan Monserud

A young Heifetz sports a 'mop top' in this 1923 concert bill.

A young Heifetz sports a ‘mop top’ in this 1923 concert bill.

Jascha Heifetz is universally regarded as a pioneering classical music recording artist, but what was not known until recently were his 1920’s recordings of what musicologists are labeling “Proto-prog rock.”

The discovery came last fall when a new tenant moved into an apartment in New York City’s West Village and found a small chest tucked away in a utility closet. Among its contents were concert posters, an early recording contract and a handful of 78 rpm records.

Heifetz 78's found by Stoddard

Heifetz 78′s found in NYC apartment building in 2013

The finder of the artifacts, Hugh Stoddard — himself a music collector and enthusiast — realized that these must be rare and potentially important memorabilia. He soon contacted Samuel Epstein, Ph.D., a Professor of Musicology at Queens College CUNY. Dr. Epstein immediately recognized these to be evidence of what had been previously believed to be myth within musicological circles: Jascha Heifetz’s early electric rock period. Read the rest of this entry »

An Electric Player’s/Teacher’s Guide to ASTA 2014

ASTA 2014, Louisville

It’s that time of year and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) National Conference is once again upon us. Electric Violin Shop is a proud Bronze Sponsor of this year’s conference, as well as an exhibitor! The conference takes place this year at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky from March 5-8.

There are an incredible number of sessions, events, masterclasses, performances and exhibit booths, enough that it can be almost overwhelming to the attendee who has not planned ahead.  Therefore, we’ve put together the following guide for the student, musician or teacher in attendance whose focus or interest is on electric strings and alternative styles.

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Electro-Harmonix: Guitarist Tools That Work Great For Strings

EHTBMThe Electric Violin Shop staff is always on the lookout for tools, devices and technology that suit the strings player, enhance their performance and expand their expressive palette.  Let’s face it though–there aren’t many purpose-made effects for bowed strings.  Therefore, we spend a lot of time testing guitar technology with electric violins in order to be able to find those that work best and offer them in our catalog, hopefully saving electric violinists lots of time and money having to do the same for themselves!

We recently dipped our toes into legendary guitar effects maker Electro-Harmonix’s catalog of guitar electronics.  Electro-Harmonix is a New York-based company that makes high-end electronic audio processors.  It is best known for a series of popular guitar effects pedals introduced in the 1970s. The company continues to innovate and makes some really solid, great sounding effects.  We found that the following units, all of which we now offer in our catalog, work great with electric bowed strings and fulfill common needs of many strings players:

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ElectricViolinShop.com Turns 12!

Electric Violin Shop owner Blaise Kielar has been retailing electric bowed strings for almost 30 years, first through his traditional violin shop in the 1980′s and then later through his eclectic Music Explorium, starting in 1999.  It was this date in 2002 that saw the birth of the domain name ‘electricviolinshop.com’ and thus began the world’s first (and still only) shop specializing exclusively in amplified bowed strings!

Much has changed since 2002.  We relocated from our little store on Weaver Street in Carrboro, NC to our present day location in Durham, near the Research Triangle Park; our branding and logo had a makeover; we completely redesigned our website in 2010, and many great new products have entered the market since then. However, a few things have remained constant over the years: our commitment to quality assurance; our high level of customer service; our thirst for exploring and vetting new gear and our love for what we do.  Blaise, Chris, Duncan, Susie and Ted thank the strings community for your 12 years (and counting) of support!

Check out the evolution of Electric Violin Shop in the pictures below (click images for enlargement)… Read the rest of this entry »

Testimonial: “Something Special”

Dear Ted,

In January the 22nd I made up my mind and gave “Click!” to the “Place Order” button in your website. The Yamaha SV-150 (along with a Coda Bow Prodigy) was on its first steps towards its final destination…When I opened the violin box the first thing I saw was a piece of paper with something handwritten on it. It was something special to actually receive a note with your handwriting on it, since now a day almost no one takes a moment to do such a thing. That note made me wonder when was the last time I sat down and let someone know I care…

I guess, I just want to say thanks…

Sincerely yours,

Alejandro Chanut

Testimonial: Alex M. (CO)

Thank you so much, I have to say I am absolutely amazed at how far out of your way you and your company go to make sure your customers are well informed and happy! I’ll be liking you on Facebook and doing everything I can to let people know how great you are!

Thanks, Alex M. (CO)

Facebook Review: Alex Marsh

I can't adequately express how amazed I am at how much information is available on the Electric Violin Shop's page to make sure customers know what they're buying, and that they are getting a good quality product well suited to their needs!

Testimonial: Deloris Caro

Dear Chris,

Thank you so very much for all of your help – my son received his new bow yesterday and was absolutely thrilled!!!  He couldn’t wait to play his new electric violin last night!

I cannot express how impressed we are with your customer service and the assistance you provided to ensure that we had everything taken care of within a timely manner.  We truly appreciate your help and will recommend your shop every chance we get!

Thanks again and have a fantastic weekend,

Deloris Caro

5 New Year’s Resolutions and How to Achieve Them in 2014

new-years-resolutionIt’s that time of year when everyone is setting resolutions and making promises to themselves.  There is no reason you can’t keep and achieve your goals in 2014.  Here are 5 common string player resolutions and how you can go about achieving them this year…

Resolution #1: Practice more

Was a lack of time or space to play your excuse for letting practice slide in 2013? Silent practice instruments allow you practice anywhere, at any time without disturbing others by plugging headphones directly into the instrument. The Yamaha Silent Practice line features headphone practice capability, as does the NS Design CR-series. Click here to view our full selection of silent practice instruments!

If you already have an electric (or a pickup) and amp, effects can be a great way to spice up practice. Those tedious scales, arpeggios and etudes become heavy metal solos when played through a distortion effect! Click here to shop effects processors and stompbox pedals. Read the rest of this entry »

Holiday Savings From Christian Howes Online Store

Christian HowesJazz violinist and educator Christian Howes has graciously extended holiday discount specials to customers of Electric Violin Shop!

Take 50% off instructional items in the Creative Strings Shop this month! (Starting as low as $1, these make perfect stocking stuffers for musicians) Get deals on summer camp tuition, our home study course, fun string ensemble charts, and more!

Use coupon code “DECEMBER” right before checking out to receive your savings on scores, instructional courses, ebooks, and more: Visit the Creative Strings Shop here.

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2013 Holiday Gift Guide



Holiday shopping can be difficult–especially if you are a non-musician shopping for musical equipment! Electric Violin Shop makes shopping for the string player in your life easy by offering a variety of gift options to fit nearly any budget! If you’re looking for something small or relatively inexpensive, check out our Stocking Stuffers category. If you want ideas for something bigger, including instruments and musical gear, take a look at out Holiday Gift Ideas, where you can sort items by price. For further advice on what to get your musical loved one this holiday season, read on or contact us for personalized advice…
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The Electric Violin Buying Guide

The Electric Violin Shop violin wall on a given day, representing only a portion of our in-stock selection!

Whether you’re a seasoned classical violinist, an experienced fiddler, an aspiring rock or jazz player, or a novice musician buying your first musical instrument of any kind, choosing an electric violin from the many available models can seem like a daunting decision-making process. There is a huge range of prices, shapes, colors and features that can be enough to make anyone’s head spin! Not to worry…Electric Violin Shop is here to radically simplify your choice by showing you how to narrow down your selection based these key considerations:

What is your budget?
What do you need (or want) out of your electric violin?
What is your tone preference?
What are your look, feel and style preferences?

By addressing this handful of considerations one by one, you can quickly narrow the selection of electric violins to a small number of instruments that fit all of your requirements. We are always available to assist you along the way and can be contacted at 866-900-8400 or by email at info@electricviolinshop.com. We also respond with careful personalized recommendations to those who submit our Shopping Assistant form. Read the rest of this entry »

“We Are Hope” Virtual Concert Celebrates Music Education

The MuzArt World Foundation has invited Mark Wood to be the host and featured artist for a huge concert event called “We Are Hope” to celebrate music education and we’re putting out the call to electric and acoustic violins, violas, cellos, and basses to be part of the world’s first virtual symphony orchestra.

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Neyveli S. Radhakrishna & the Double Violin

Radha with his Jordan double-neck violin
Radha at Electric Violin Shop

Indian Carnatic violinist Neyveli S. Radhakrishna, who goes by ‘Radha’, paid a visit to our shop in advance of a performance in nearby Raleigh, NC, bringing with him his own favored instrument, one of the most unusual electric violins ever made.  Radha, who was inspired by L. Shankar’s similar instrument, commissioned John Jordan a double neck electric violin. Read the rest of this entry »

Photogenic: 3 customers show off their new pride and joy

We love it when customers let us know how they’re liking their purchases, and even better still when the send photographs! This week alone we’ve had three lovely ladies send pictures and kind words of thanks…

“Here’s a photo from the Shamrocked Festival in Murrieta , California! Love my new Stratton [Skull] five string fiddle!”

–Cathy Alonzo

Cathy Alonzo with Stratton Skull

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Testimonial: Satisfied Viper Owner

It is EVS’s pleasure to conducting business around the globe, but providing advice and great customer service across time zones can be quite challenging!  Here’s a great note we received from Francois Loiselle, a satisfied Viper customer: Read the rest of this entry »

**Calling All Recording Artists**

We Want Your Original TuneHave you recorded original songs that feature electric violin, viola, cello or upright bass?  Do you want free exposure for your band or solo act?  If you answered yes to both, then it’s time to send us your favorite original track to be used as background music in an Electric Violin Shop YouTube product review or promotional video.  There will be many upcoming videos and, therefore, many opportunities to have your track selected! Read the rest of this entry »