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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: $410.00

total price with options: $410.00

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Electronics

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

Upgrade to Peghed internally geared tuners [+$75.00]
String Upgrade

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

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 instrument 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

1/3/18
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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

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Violin Chin & Shoulder Rest Magic Rosin 20 Easy Tunes for the Beginning Fiddler 2 DVD set Fiddle Method Book 1 and CD by Chris Wagoner
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Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 8 Write a review »

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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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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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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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This fiddle is wonderful. October 20, 2016
Reviewer: Evan from California  
I've never seen an object which blends modernity and classicality quite as well as this instrument.

Its sound is gorgeous. As a relative novice, it's actually easier for me to play because the correct notes resonate better.

It's got a very full voice, but gets quieter when you mute it than a traditional violin does, which is nice.

You can get cheaper instruments, but this one is absolutely worth the price. One of the loveliest objects I've ever owned.

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Cricket - American Made and Unique May 16, 2016
Reviewer: Jacob from The Pacific Northwest  
I have owned my cricket for a few weeks now and thought I would offer up a small review.  I am interesting in fiddle tunes, bluegrass, old time, etc and ideally I want to end up an older fiddle.  I was drawn to the unique design, the fact that it is american made, and how approachable it is coming from the world of guitars/ukuleles.  I thought I could learn on the Cricket, then get a fiddle down the line and keep the cricket as a travel/electric violin.  I love the tone of this instrument.  It feels great in the hand, and the design of the chin rest and shoulder rest are fantastic.  I am particularly impressed with the injection molded composite fingerboard, it doesn't have me missing ebony for a second and makes me feel better knowing how rare black ebony has become.  I couldn't recommend this violin more.  I would easily take it over any import that I have tried to date to learn on.  Now I am eyeing the travel tube for taking it backpacking...

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