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    Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    A classically trained cellist friend of mine, who will be doing some cello projects with me, is wanting to purchase her first electric cello and has asked me to help her find one. She tells me that cost is less of a factor than quality. Any help would be appreciated.

    thanks!

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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    Why not just fit a pick up or contact mic?. Just a thought

    Or is it the cut-away look that she's after?

    http://www.gear4music.com/Woodwind-B...Gear4music/8HR

    B

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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    I was at a Celtic fest in Chicago a few years back and a gal was playing a fiddle with a Schatten pickup. Sounded really good - very natural and balanced without the brutal highs I remember from my old Barcus Berry pickup. I don't know about their cello pickups but I'm sure they are worth checking into:

    http://www.schattendesign.com/cello.htm

    Ernie

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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    FWIW, a friend of mine owns a ZETA electric cello and is very happy with it.
    Dan Powers
    www.danielpowers.info

    "It's easier to be a composer than it is to compose."
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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    Quote Originally Posted by danpowers View Post
    FWIW, a friend of mine owns a ZETA electric cello and is very happy with it.
    A second vote for the Zeta family of products!

    I am not a cellist, nor even a fiddler, but I record them or play with folks who play them all the time.

    An electric violin, cello, or bass is a different instrument than it's acoustic counterpart, and probably should not be played to mimic original.

    Over the years I have attached all sorts of pickups to all sorts of stringed instruments, including some really nice acoustic guitars. What comes out is never the same as what went in. We just aren't there yet (don't get me started on those piezo pickups<G>!)

    The Zeta instruments are just wonderful, they sound like, well, like electric versions of a violin, cello, or bass, much in the same way as a Les Paul or Strat sounds like an electric version of a guitar.

    Years ago I wrote a score for "Midsummer Night's Dream", it was just a guitar and a violin. In places I really wanted that Eileen Ivers/Caryn Lin vibe, and so I asked the fiddler to use an electric violin... it was awesome!

    Ok, I digressed... a lot!
    Bill Thompson
    Audio Enterprise
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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    Here is one option. Company is young, but the development of cello lasted for a few years: http://www.powerart.eu/en
    cellos cost from 1400 - 1700EUR and they are great with unique design!

    good luck!

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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    Ned Steinberger might be worth a look.
    http://thinkns.com/
    I'm not a cellist though, so no personal experience to offer, but he has a great reputation for innovation and thoughtful design from the the headless guitars he pioneered in the 80s.

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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    Quote Originally Posted by tonecarver View Post
    Ned Steinberger might be worth a look.
    http://thinkns.com/
    I'm not a cellist though, so no personal experience to offer, but he has a great reputation for innovation and thoughtful design from the the headless guitars he pioneered in the 80s.
    Well, I do play and I love -everything- about NS Designs upright bass and celli EXCEPT the -sound-. I owned one 5 years ago and promptly sold it. Sorry, but the basic sound is not very good. Design? Ergonomics? Sound quality? Top drawer. But the timbre is to a real instrument what an Ovation is to an acoustic guitar. Quack.

    Perhaps they've improved things since Rev1.

    There are several companies that make a hybrid deal with a very small sound chamber and mag pickups/mics and they sound TONS better than an all solid-body deal with piezo pickups. There's something about having at least -some- air that makes the thing breathe.

    That said? From a -player's- standpoint they are unsatisfying. It's weird because what -you- hear (in terms of timbre) is NOT what the audience hears and that's disconcerting if you're not used to it.

    YMMV

    ---JC


    ---JC

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    Re: Cello players- Can you recommend an electric Cello?

    Here you an listen, how Powerart cello sounds. It's a cover made by me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fggWCA2GDOA
    yo!

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