Great tone, striking style, and flexibility - What more can you ask for? The Bridge Aquila is built so that critical measurements conform to those of a standard acoustic violin, so it feels natural to play. The neck and fingerboard are made just like your acoustic violin's, with traditional materials and construction. The body is anything but traditional - molded from a composite of carbon fiber and Kevlar, it's not much heavier than an acoustic violin, while being incredibly strong. (Don't try this at home, but Bridge once hit one of their basses with a sledgehammer without breaking it!)
Power for the active preamp is supplied by a single 3V lithium coin-cell battery, which weighs virtually nothing, yet will last for approximately 1,000 hours of playing time. This instrument is a purple metallic burst, darkening to black at the edges..
The Bridge Aquila violin comes with an oblong hard case, Pirastro Tonica strings and a carbon composite bow. Price includes our free shop adjustment.
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Wonderful Surprise! Light weight and amazing sound Review by Buck
I am a first year student playing on an acoustic 4/4 and a cheap electric violin. I had the chance to practice on a Yamaha electric one day. The Yamaha had great sound and felt better than my cheaper electric, but they are both heavier than my acoustic and I tend to tire out after a while of practicing on them.
When I picked up the Aquila, it was so light I couldn't believe it. When paying, I am able to relax my left hand, thumb in particular, and not try to choke the neck like I tend to do with my electric. I weighed the three violins, my acoustic, my electric and the Aquila. (I don't have access to the Yamaha.)
The measurements are with one end on the floor and the other on the scale. Weights are in grams.
Violin: Chin weight / Scroll weight = Sum of the weights.
Frank Henner Acoustic: 383 / 205 = 588
Cecilio Silent Electric: 542 / 263 = 805
Bridge Aquila Electric: 346 / 205 = 551
I found fingering on the Aquila easier than my acoustic and about the same as my Cecilio with a low cut bridge. Because the strings are easier to press on the Aquila, I can practice longer with it than with my acoustic at about the same weight.
Without an amp, the Cecilio only plays the sound of the raw strings. There is no fullness and no difference in sound with and without a mute. I like being able to turn it off and play around without bothering nearby musicians working on something different.
I will not be able to do that with the Aquila as it has a hollow body and projects sound at a lower volume than a ful acoustic. But I like getting the fullness of the acoustic sound in my ear while I practice. Its sound is absolutely beautiful and clear through the amp even with the volume and tone maxed out.
I have to return the Aquila to its owner very soon, but I have put the Bridge Lyra on top of my shopping list! I will be getting one and it will be my primary, if not only violin when I do.
(Posted on 11/16/14)