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    Default The “Cricket” Violin, by the Magic Fluke company, A Personal Review…

    As I promised a few days ago, here are my first impressions and a review...

    The “Cricket” Violin, by the Magic Fluke company, A Personal in-depth Review...

    While not a ukulele, I think you will find this review very interestsing... So read on...

    If you like my review and video please spread the word and leave a comment, specially on youtube so others can benefit from the work I put into it.

    How I found out about the Cricket Violin from the Fluke Company, and how I returned to Violin after a 37 year absence!

    For a full in-depth written review of the Cricket Violin: http://wp.me/pPLRh-8O

    For a photography gallery of the Cricket Violin: http://500px.com/IvanOlarte/sets/cricket_violin

    For a 15 minute Video Review & Demo: http://youtu.be/vtDSYnDynsw



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    Fabulous review Ivan, thank you for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olarte View Post
    The “Cricket” Violin, by the Magic Fluke company, A Personal Review...

    If you like my review and video please spread the word and leave a comment, specially on youtube so others can benefit from the work I put into it.

    How I found out about the Cricket Violin from the Fluke Company, and how I returned to Violin after a 37 year absence!

    For a full written review of the Cricket Violin: http://wp.me/pPLRh-8O

    For a photography gallery of the Cricket Violin: http://500px.com/IvanOlarte/sets/cricket_violin

    For a 15 minute Video Review & Demo: http://youtu.be/vtDSYnDynsw
    Hi Ivan,

    Thank you so much for doing this very thorough and comprehensive review and making the video.

    You've definitely shown what this instrument is, and I commend you for playing it well enough, despite being out of practice, as I do not know if I could be as brave as you.

    I have not touched a violin since I was 7 yrs old, but since it was my first instrument starting from when I was 5 yrs old, I've always wanted to come back to it, now 38 yrs later it seems like the time is right.

    I really appreciate you taking the time to share. Now I guess we have a new term, VAS, for V)iolin A)cquisition S)yndrome, and it starts with the Cricket Violin. Ha Ha!

    So I am going to add this to my wish list and start saving up for this one.

    You have paved the way my brother, and I am sure there will be others besides me who will follow...

    Much KUDOS to you!

    -Booli
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    Hey Booli thanks for the comments. Please leave a comment on youtube if you can.

    If this sparks your interest in returning to the violin, then the effort I put in over the last 24 hours to do the indepth review was well worth it.

    I hope that my example shows that you will probably have similar results as me, in that what you learned as a child is still there. I was surprised that my brain and my muscle memory remembered do much...

    By the way I wanted to point out. The pictures on the written review on my blog are high res pictures So if you want to look at the violin in detail just click on the pictures you ate interested and zoom In.

    Glad you liked my work.

    Ivan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Olarte View Post
    Hey Booli thanks for the comments. Please leave a comment on youtube if you can.

    If this sparks your interest in returning to the violin, then the effort I put in over the last 24 hours to do the indepth review was well worth it.

    I hope that my example shows that you will probably have similar results as me, in that what you learned as a child is still there. I was surprised that my brain and my muscle memory remembered do much...

    By the way I wanted to point out. The pictures on the written review on my blog are high res pictures So if you want to look at the violin in detail just click on the pictures you ate interested and zoom In.

    Glad you liked my work.

    Ivan
    Hi Ivan,

    You are most welcome.

    When I first saw information in the videos from Summer NAMM 2013 about this coming out, my interest was first sparked, and I have thought about it from time to time since then.

    I had also seen a few blips on the radar here on UU about it, since of course the Magic Fluke Company makes excellent instruments and has such a well-deserved and loyal following.

    However, it was not until seeing it in your hands in your video that I realized that I do not have to go on a massive quest to find 'the instrument' for me to return to the violin, THIS is it: The Cricket.

    When I buy this, I will probably never buy another violin afterwards, and like you said, this is something you might buy 'for life' and I am confident that The Magic Fluke's instruments will survive beyond me and get handed down to future generations, much the same way folks talk of vintage Gibson and Martin instruments that were passed down in their family nowadays.

    My concert Flea and tenor Fluke are my most prized ukuleles, and while some may prefer to spend $1,000 or $5,000 on another custom instrument from all the favorites here, unless it has BETTER intonation than a Flea or Fluke, I'm simply not interested.

    Unless it's both manufactured and assembled in the USA, I'm also not interested. The same kind of criteria applies to a possible violin purchase.

    If by some magic stroke of fortune I could afford to buy a true and real Stradivari, and I actually did so, I'd be afraid to play it, and it would end up in a humidified vault until I died and it got passed on to someone else. The Cricket Violin is made with such high precision, yet it is a commodity-level instrument and easily replaced from Magic Fluke Company if god-forbid it got damaged beyond repair.

    Conversely, If you had a Stradivari that needed repair, you have to take another mortgage on your house to pay for the repairs.

    In a different thread somebody said that life is to short not to indulge in the luxury if it is available to you, but I find luxury in living simply, and not worrying about collecting extravagant things that will not be functional or useful to me.

    I find no pleasure in silk/satin sheets or a $500 pair of shoes (yes I've owned both), but others enjoy these things and I do not judge them.

    The Cricket Violin is both functional and useful, while also representing forward-thinking in design and construction with an eye towards something more modern, without disrespecting the history of the instrument.

    It is also affordable to the average joe, and by the reputation of The Magic Fluke company with their ukuleles, my hands-on experience (which is confirmed by at least a couple hundred other UU members) with the high quality, playability and tone, I would expect that you are getting a very good value for the money.

    I just checked their web site again, and with pegheds, the bow, and the pickup it comes to $553. I think this is a GREAT price for what it is, and should you go off and price traditional wooden violins that are comparative, you are going to spend at LEAST a month doing research, and maybe not find something that will satisfy this quest.

    The Cricket Violin is an easy choice to make given my experience.

    Ivan, thank you for confirming my initial impressions.

    I also wanted to commend you for your excellent review on your blog.

    It is one of the most well written, balanced and comprehensive reviews I have ever read (and I read LOTS and LOTS of reviews), and from someone who not only has such a deep and abiding love for music, and a love for the instruments he plays, but you can really see that music is such a part of your soul and how important it is to you.

    You should be proud to have documented this, and I applaud your efforts. Damn, even *I* feel proud seeing it - ha ha!

    I hope that you show all of this work to The Magic Fluke company.

    They should know how much their efforts are appreciated by folks like us, even if only to keep them motivated to keep doing the good work that they have always done.

    -Booli

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    Dear Booli, thank you for your kind comments, and for taking the time to expand on my review with your well though out discussion about violins.

    This is exactly why I took this on as a "journalistic" project. I could only fine the one video about the cricket so I felt compelled to pay it forward (for the countless time I have found valuable information online and youtube for other products that I have researched).

    In fact I think it was one or two UU members who were just as curious as I was that asked and motivated me to contribute with my impressions of the cricket. Well my impressions were so positive, and the folks at Magic Fluke were so kind that I simply had to do the best job I could to provide an honest and thorough review of my experiences with their products and their service.

    I'm very glad to read your comments and could not agree more.

    Thank you for your sharing your thoughtful comments on the youtube channel.

    The additional comments you wrote above certainly expand on my initial review and I would to see theses added to my blog post.

    Would you be so kind as to copy and pasting the comments from your last post as a comment on my blog review? I thin other readers of my review would benefit greatly from your additional comments and confirmation of my findings.

    You are absolutely right about the quality and consistency of the flea and the fluke, in fact I chose the flea for my last youtube video a video instrumental of Mr. Bojangles because it's simply that good.

    I highly recommend the cricket as you can see, including the Peghed tuners. As for the pickup, or the now kit. I only recommend those if you have any plans and know that you will use the pickup some day, and it you already have a decent working violin bow.

    Thanks again.
    Ivan Olarte

    Ps. I had started working on a blog post about nail care and what works for me. I will be posting that in the next few days as well.
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    Nice Job Ivan! It's hard to believe that you haven't played in 35 years… Like you say, it's just like riding a bike… you never forget...
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    Thanks to all for your support and for taking the time to appreciate and comment on my humble efforts.

    Here is an update for you...

    Update: Just found this video from Namm 2014 with Phyllis one of the owners of the Magic Fluke she talks about this years new models as well as the wonderful Cricket Violin. You can check it out here

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    Thanks for introducing us to such a wonderful little violin! Amazing after so many years, to pick it back up again and sound great!!!!! Thanks again for sharing!

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    Thanks Nancy, I don't know about great *blushing* but I must admit I was happily surprised that I could play at all.

    It's absolutely true that by the time I recorded this I had less than 30 minutes on the violin, and before that I had been around 15 the last time I played one.

    anyway, thank you so much for your kind comments and your support. I'm happy you enjoyed my review.

    Have a wonderful day!

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