Imported from Brazil, the Aurora 5-string electric violin by Atelier Audio is crafted from clear acrylic, making the body look as if it's mostly carved out of ice. The Aurora is a beautiful violin, its swooping, ray-like body giving it a sleek, modern look that's enhanced by the built-in light show. Red, green, and blue LEDs can be turned on and off in combination, giving you seven different colors for the light that shines through the instrument, dramatically changing the violin's appearance. 'Though most of the body is transparent, the central spine, neck, and peg box are made of wood, painted a stealthy matte black to contrast with the clear acrylic body.
Powered by a relatively simple, effective dual piezo pickup system, the Aurora's amplified tone is good; warm and natural. The pickup is passive, so there are no complex electronics to add a possible point of failure. A tone knob allows you to boost the bass to add warmth or richness to the lower register, or you can pump up the treble if you prefer a brighter, more brilliant tone. Both the tone and volume knobs have the feel of high quality potentiometers; the tone knob also has a center detent, so that you can tell when the equalization is flat.
The Aurora has all of the violin's physical reference points right where they should be, and its design should work with most standard shoulder rests. The bridge curvature, string height, and width of the neck makes for a comfortable transition from a traditional acoustic to the five-string Aurora. This violin is easy to play and comfortable --it's a little heavier than some electric violins, but not enough to cause any problems for the average player.
Electric Violin Shop includes a dart-shaped case with the Aurora electric violin.