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
9/16/14 Update – Finally 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.
Magic Fluke is proud and excited to officially debut the new
Cricket Violin. Just like Magic Fluke's renowned Fluke, Flea and Firefly
ukuleles, it 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 needing a ready to play, fully
set up, first instrument. Best of all, its lots of fun, very affordable
and made 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.