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    Default Fleamarket cricket violin?

    Just looking for what replacement tuners to stick on my fluke and I bumped into the "Cricket Violin"

    http://www.magicfluke.com/The-Cricke...-p/cricket.htm

    Looks like there's a video too:



    What the heck is this thing??

    I'm sorry if this belongs in "other instruments".
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    Sorry if I don't quite understand your question. But to me it's exactly as they say, a travel-ready, full-size violin. And pretty indestructible too, like the Fleas/Flukes. Though I have to say, I was sadly disappointed to see this particular product of theirs is not a uke. Nice that they're expanding, but still... I was hoping for a bowed uke. Oh well. Kinda makes me wonder if I should re-venture into the violin world, after the one horrid year of lessons I had as a teenager.

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    Looking more into it yeah, it looks like a normal violin. I never played violin but I was never able to play the pardessus viola da gamba with a 32cm scale since my fingertips are too fat. Lookslike a full sized violin has a 33cm scale. If I knew I could finger this thing I'd probably pick one up and try to transfer my viola da gamba skills over to violin.

    One problem: as a 4 stringed bowed instrument tuning in 4ths and 3rd doesn't get you the range tunings in 5ths would. Then they would need to produce a 6 string pardessus with gamba tuning that's held and bowed like a violin. That would definitely excite guitar players.

    Okay just checked. A normal soprano ukulele has a 33cm scale as well. Okay at about the 9th fret or so I can no longer finger half steps run with adjacent frets, can't jam my fingers together that tight...oops that's on a 14"/35cm soprano I have that problem.
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    We saw this at NAMM, really well made and sounds good too.
    My GF plays violin and liked it a lot, she want to buy one.
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    OMG! I must be crazy.

    I Just ordered one.

    You see I did 4 years of violin when I was 9, and a real violin is beyond my means or interest. it's even more delicate then a uke etc...

    But a Cricket, made by FleaMarket, I have faith in them and from the video it looks great. Plus it will go with my Firefly, Fluke and Flea.

    Funny that the bow is only $26.00 My sisters have bows that cost between $5000 and $10,000!!!

    anyway I ordered one, seems to be available with a walnut and or maple neck, but no choice when ordering so I will need to write to them. And needless to say I had to splurge for pegheds...

    hope it's as much fun as it looks and that I remember some!
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    Nice! This looks like a fantastic piece of coolness for fiddlers.
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    Thank you Olarte, now I can put off ordering one for a while. Too bad there's no longer a Flea in this house... I still regret that and will have to remedy it soonner rather than later. B.C. Before Cricket. LOL

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    I'll be sure to post a short review right after I get it

    Quote Originally Posted by peaceweaver3 View Post
    Thank you Olarte, now I can put off ordering one for a while. Too bad there's no longer a Flea in this house... I still regret that and will have to remedy it soonner rather than later. B.C. Before Cricket. LOL
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    I'm psyched, they might be shipping it by tomorrow or Friday.

    I was expecting it to be another two weeks but I may get it as early as Friday or Monday.... Woohooo!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olarte View Post
    I'm psyched, they might be shipping it by tomorrow or Friday.

    I was expecting it to be another two weeks but I may get it as early as Friday or Monday.... Woohooo!
    Hi Ivan,

    I am looking forwards to your review (hopefully with sound sample) as I am interested in the Cricket as well since violin was my 1st instrument when i was 5 yrs old, also my niece (9 yrs old) is currently renting a violin from the school band program, and she's been at it for 3 yrs now, and my sister has been talking about just buying her one to keep, and methinks this would be a good one.

    I have a concert Flea and a tenor Fluke so I am familiar with the high quality from Magic Fluke company.

    Please keep us posted here in the thread when you post our review.

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