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A durable, portable, full scale violin with great acoustic and electric sound. Includes adjustable chin/shoulder rest and strap on bridge protector. See other options below.
Base Price: $499.00

total price with selected options: $499.00

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Pegheds Geared Tuners [+$79.00]

Dominant String Set [+$35.00]

Open to Source Sensors Internal Pickup [+$110.00]

Custom Laser Neck Engraving [+$39.00]

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Cricket Hardshell Tube Case [+$69.00]

Fiberglass bow + rosin [+$59.00]


Just like Magic Fluke's renowned Fluke, Flea and Firefly ukuleles, the Cricket shares the same distinctive design and quality features. The Cricket is a full-scale violin, versatile enough to satisfy seasoned violin and fiddle players looking for an affordable, durable travel violin as well as beginner students seeking a fully set-up, ready-to-play first instrument. Locally sourced and hand crafted in the USA.

With its unique open headstock and use of simple Grover friction pegs or optional geared Pegheds, the Cricket Violin is remarkably easy to tune or restring. Like our other instruments, the body is molded of a high quality, glass reinforced, durable thermoplastic for stiffness and resonance. The arched top is CNC machined solid spruce with a choice of solid walnut, mahogany or maple neck. The included chin and shoulder rest is adjustable three ways to accommodate all players. The end result is a surprisingly full range, warm sounding violin that's comfortable to hold and easy to play.

Complete Specifications

Made in: Sheffield Massachusetts U.S.A.
Weight: 15 oz. including rest
Dimensions: Overall length 23” Viola 24"; body 13” x 4”
Scale Length: Violin 13”; Viola 14"
Neck: Solid Maple, Walnut, or Mahogany; hand rubbed urethane oil finish
Top: Solid one-piece Adirondack Red Spruce; nitrocellulose lacquer finish
Fingerboard: Flaxwood polymer/wood composite injection-molded
Body: Glass reinforced injection-molded thermoplastic
Bridge: Precision, custom, laser-cut hard maple
Tailpiece: Laser-cut and thermo-formed cast high impact acrylic
Strings: Thomastik Infeld Alphayue synthetic core
Tuners: Grover 2B friction tuners with E string fine tuner or Optional Peghed 4:1 geared fine tuners
Chin/Shoulder Rest, included: Laser-cut, thermo-formed high impact acrylic with 3M Grip Strip high friction pads. Three-way adjustable height and angle settings to accommodate all players
Pickup: Optional internal “Open to Source” passive sound board transducer and ¼” output jack
Case: Optional TKL custom padded gig bag with bridge protector and bow sleeve, 31" long; or hard-shell poly cylindrical tube case 31.5" X 5" dia. (modified Alvin BTR-4 document tube)
Bow and Rosin: Optional kit with Anton Breton fiberglass, medium flex, horsehair, bow and D’Addario VR200 light rosin


1/26/18 Update - Viola scale necks finally available. 14" scale in CGDA tuning.

3/14/17 Update -
Added black to the color options including a black stained walnut neck - very sharp. Viola scale option should be available in April. Designed around a 14" scale, it promises to be a great alternative for a compact travel instrument for both practice and performing with the excellent built in 'Open to Source' pickup.

12/15/16 Update - After evaluating a number of different strings, we settled on Thomastik Alphayue as the best match for the Cricket adding both volume and warmth to its tone. These are now standard and a real bargain for a synthetic string.

3/20/15 Update
– New Open Source Sensors pick up is now available. This high quality U.S.A. made soundboard transducer is a big improvement over the previous system. Known for their warm, accurate acoustic sound reproduction, these custom made pickups give the Cricket a surprisingly big rich sound. Because of the unique mounting between the sound post and the top, no preamp is required which means no battery to worry about, super light weight, AND lower cost.

9/16/14 UpdateFinally dialed in the adjustable chin/Shoulder rest along with a few other improvements. The chin rest was shifted further away from the instrument and the shoulder rest was tucked further under the instrument providing a more balanced support. The neck was also modified to allow for an additional 1.5” of unobstructed top plate area. This combined with the downsizing of the sound holes, resulted in a more balanced output with improved low end resonance. The pickup transducer was also moved further under the bridge for increased response plugged in. Everyone’s support and feedback has been very helpful as we continue to make improvements – thanks.

Alex Sovronsky demos the Cricket at the MFC shop
Craig Eastman with his fiddle on the Sea of Cortez

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Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 14 Write a review »

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Very cool December 21, 2022
Reviewer: Hannah from Washington, DC United States  
This is a great little instrument - I'm planning to bike with it, and it should be easier to bring on short trips to play with folks.  Thanks!

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5 of 5 Bigger sound than I expected! November 23, 2022
Reviewer: Charlotte from Netherlands  
I've just received my Cricket and can't stop playing. I'm in the middle of an extended period of travelling and was missing the fiddle I left at home, so ordered the Cricket as a travel-friendly option to take to sessions and learn new tunes on. Unamplified, it's got more power than I expected based on the other reviews - can't wait to try it plugged in too. The shoulder/chin rest set up is pretty nifty and nice and adjustable to suit your preferred playing position. I'm looking forward to using it for pub and campfire sessions. I had it shipped all the way to the UK and it arrived safe and sound with good instructions for making sure everything was aligned.
The geared tuners really are a nice addition too.

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5 of 5 A complete package at an incredible price February 15, 2021
Reviewer: G from New York, NY  
The Cricket is a delight to play. On top of its portability and durability, it's perfect for a wide array of applications. With the pickup it makes an excellent electric violin and with the mute on it's perfect for late night practice at home. Its clean and clear sound, while not as loud as that of a traditional violin, exceeded my expectations.
For an American made instrument with such a clever design, that's also built to order with some nice customizability, I think the value is unbeatable. I highly recommend the pickup and the peghead tuners. Huge thanks to Magic Fluke for the quick turnaround, even during the holiday season!

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5 of 5 Love this Cricket! September 29, 2020
Reviewer: Tyler from North Carolina  
I am a huge fan of this Cricket and enjoy playing it. Not only do I love the instrument but after my order, Phyllis e-mailed me directly and worked with me on my timeline. This is a great instrument and it sounds a lot better than I was expecting. It will be traveling with me on a number of future adventures and I really look forward to years of use.
I ordered the Peghead internally geared tuners with it, at the recommendation of others, and I am so glad that I did.

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5 of 5 I love it. May 18, 2020
Reviewer: Phil A. from Colorado USA  
I love this instrument. I have only had this cricket for a short while and I love it. It is easy to pack with you and take on a walk. It is very light as well.

The sound is as advertised very nice. Better than a beginner violin. If they made them in 3/4 and 1/2 I would tell my students this is an option. It is not as loud as a traditional violin which is a plus and minus.

The pick up a must. Played as electric the sound quality increases. This has quickly become my go to electric violin. I wish I had a gig to go to lol (coronavirus).

Great value I’m sold no real negatives to speak of other than now I want a mando lol.

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