Well, I’ve decided to buy an Electric Violin. I’d like something I can play all night long, wherever, whenever, however, without disturbing anyone. And the Yamaha violins look to be about what I want – I’ve had my eye on one of these puppies for a few years. The only question now would seem to be whether I want to buy the Acoustic-styled SV-200 or the post-modern psychedelic-colo[u]red EV-204.
Both seem to be very formidable violins with solid engineering behind them but beyond that, the SV-204 has two pickups and a conventional spruce/maple combination, whereas the EV-204 seems much more oriented toward the Vanessa Mae wannabe (though, importantly, it has a pickup under each string position on the bridge – all electric violins tend to use bridge vibration for pickup). I don’t look cute in a full length skimpy dress, so I’m not planning to try that any time soon (besides, I sound terrible too when I play in comparison to anyone – I’m under no illusions as to my playing abilities these days).
I need to decide. I’m also thinking about a keyboard/electric piano. If I do decide to get a piano, I’ll want one that can do MIDI and be used to notate via Rosegarden at the very least.