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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: $449.00

total price with options: $449.00

Cricket Soundboard Finish
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Electronics

Open to Source Sensors internal pickup [+$85.00]
Peghed Tuner Upgrade

Upgrade to Peghed internally geared tuners [+$79.00]
String Upgrade

Dominant String Set [+$35.00]
Fiberglass Bow + Rosin

Fiberglass bow + rosin [+$49.00]
3/4 Fiberglass bow + rosin

3/4 Fiberglass bow rosin [+$49.00]
Cricket Case

Cricket Soft Case [+$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

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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

Accessories
Magic Rosin Alphayue Thomastik Violin Strings Cricket Violin Hardshell Tube Case Violin Chin & Shoulder Rest
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Violin Sound Post Setting Kit Cricket Violin Mute: Ultra USA D'Addario Prelude Violin Strings Cricket Violin Softshell Gigbag with Bridge Protector
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20 Easy Tunes for the Beginning Fiddler 2 DVD set D'Addario Pro Arte Violin Strings Fishman Loudbox Mini Amp
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20 easy tunes, twenty, ukulele songbook D'Addario Pro Arte Violin Strings fishman amplifier

Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 10 Write a review »

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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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3 of 5 Lovely and Fun, with minor issues February 28, 2020
Reviewer: Kai from NY  
I absolutely love my new violin! It makes me very happy. A pleasing warm, sweet tone that's also nice and soft- perfect for practicing in small spaces. The only downside is a strong wolf-tone on the f# on the e string... I've been tuning the whole thing down a hair to avoid it and been just happy, but it would be pretty annoying if you had to play with a group.

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5 of 5 My violin playing lost its fun ... April 12, 2019
Reviewer: Keri-Ann from Northwood, NH  
Hi Everyone at Magic Fluke,

Yesterday I received my Cricket Violin. I was so excited, opening the box and looking at it made me smile. The quality and design was perfect right down to the ergonomic chin and shoulder rest. I had no idea of the sound quality before purchasing it, only watching YT videos, but when I started playing it the smile and excitement in me just kept on expanding! Not thinking anything could top that until I arrived home and plugged it into my sound system ... it was just over the top! I had so much fun playing it I did not realize that 7 hours went by so fast until the clock rang midnight, and I still wanted to keep playing it!

For the last few years my violin playing lost its fun, thank you all for bring it back to me with this wonder Cricket Violin.


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4 of 5 Irish music January 22, 2019
Reviewer: Marc Lacote from France  
I bought my cricket on the web ,from a shop in Brittany. I rent a van , travelling through New zealand during 2 monthes.i went to thé Wellington Irish session ,could share the evening with friendly musicians in the welsh dragon bar.i have several violins, but when driving or backpacking ,it always with mon petit violon cricket !

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5 of 5 A worry-free fiddle December 5, 2017
Reviewer: John from Geneva NY  
I bought my Cricket in April mostly as a symptom of Instrument Acquisition Syndrome. I had no plans for world travel or backpacking but the design looked really cool. Since April I've only played my regular fiddle a few times. I think my technique is better on the Cricket and the real attractions are the light weight and durability. I carry it with me every day and play on lunch breaks, in parking lots, whenever I get a chance. I play more and enjoy it more. The Peghed tuners and pickup are worth the money - I don't plug in a lot but it sounds good and I like playing amplified better with the Cricket than with an add-on pickup on my regular fiddle. It's just a hoot to play and if I get the chance for world travel I'll take it with me.

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