Harley Benton HBV 990SKL 4/4 Electric Violin

Electric violin

  • With active pickup system
  • Headphone output
  • Output jack
  • Body and neck: Maple
  • Plastic frame
  • Fingerboard: Birch (Betula albosinensis)
  • Tuning pegs and chinrest: Jujube (Ziziphus jujuba)
  • Design: Skulls
  • Includes: Case, shoulder rest, carbon bow, rosin, headphones, 9V battery, cable

Further information

Number of Strings 4
Fretboard Birch
Body Material Maple
Pegs Birch
Incl. Bag No
Incl. Case Yes
Incl. Bow Yes
Incl. Shoulder Rest Yes
Incl. 4 Fine Tuners Yes
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PERFECT !! but for beginners, read this first:

06.12.2015
I am amazed by this little electric violin:
very good finish, and very elegant design, unbeatable price,
I bought it to give it to my girlfriend who had not touched a violin for 8 years: she is delighted :)

BUT ATTENTION for future buyers:
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- buy a shoulder rest (from 11 to 40 euros), the original one is rather uncomfortable. we opted for a KUN original shoulder 4/4, but it's cheaper. comfort is very important if you want to learn.

- change the strings (from 25 to 45 euros without the installation), we opted for THOMASTICK DOMINANT, and we made them pose with a passage with the chalk of the mechanics for a better holding of the tuning. the original strings are really rotten and can break anytime ...
to match the violin, we have chosen the Thomann CTM-700 tuner, because it is sincerely perfect for violins (and also other instruments).

- buy a quality rosin (about 8 euros),
For novices, rosin is a resin that gets on the wick of the bow to get a sound.
without rosin: no sound !!
the rosin provided is void, you will get no sound with the original one.

Once you have changed all this, for a surplus of about forty euros minimum, so ultimately less than 250 euros investment for all,
this violin will sound perfectly !! :)

I do not exaggerate, it sounds really good on the one and only condition to install good ropes.

The pre-amp and the microphone react very well for all strings, the sound is rather acute (normal for an electric violin), I would say that it is "crystalline",
the bass / mid / treble equalizer on the back of the violin will help you adjust the tone very easily.

The easel is absolutely not to change in as I read in some evaluations of this violin, the original is very good.

The bow is not that bad provided you put a good rosin, but I think you will change in the long term, because the wick of the bow is rather fragile and will take off quite easily in intensive use. For the moment, we keep this bow, it is very good.

The weight of this violin is quite high, acoustic violin players will find it very heavy,
but I remember that it's an electric violin,
and therefore necessarily heavier because of the electronics, the battery, the weight of the jack cable. so do not be surprised by its weight.
balancing side of the violin, nothing to say, it's very good.

As I said, the shoulder pad provided is very uncomfortable, but it deserves to exist. The change will bring you an essential playing comfort. a traditional shoulder rest fits very well on this violin, even if there is no binding edges of a traditional violin, it will still be very good.

The chin strap and tailpiece provided are very good: no need to change them.
in the very long term, a tailpiece of better quality will be expected (12 euros max).

The supplied headphones are rotten, of course,
but for the small budget, he will do his job and help work in silence.
Same for the supplied jack cable.
In the long term, consider investing in very good shielded cables (to avoid interference / interference).

The suitcase is perfect, well thought out, solid, practical, nothing to add.

In short, after these essential modifications,
we are 100% SATISFIED by this violin,
we paired it with a bass amp (which I had in my attic) and a multi-effect X V-AMP BEHRINGER to have a reverb / distortion / delay at lower cost, the result is really surprising.

This beautiful violin will open the doors elitist stringed instruments at an affordable rate and unbeatable if you make the changes I recommended, you can even use it on stage.
I do it again this purchase without hesitation! :)
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Electric violin for hobbyists

27.03.2017
To be honest, I had relied on the pre-ratings and looked forward a little to the violin. Then I would have been able to practice quietly in the little room - or play loud with the system.
But - I was a little disappointed.

The delivery, as usual at Thomann, very nimble and complete.

But then...
The suitcase is not a suitcase, but rather a bag. Exactly the same part as with the 30 Euro violin sets.
The bow - also just plastic and the "hair" of inferior quality. Some tore immediately, almost touching.
I did not try the rosin.
The shoulder rest already had chipping or signs of wear.
The processing of the violin was moderate. This also looked like in between times with painted.

Either the strings were extremely bad or the tensioning mechanism was very inferior.
One did not finish with voices. If you tuned the last string, you could start over. And that - for hours. So I do not even know that from the cheap sets.

That's why I grabbed a bit deeper and bought the Roth & Junius RJVE 4/4 Advanced.
I hope the reviews are realistic and I do not get a "Monday violin". :-)

For the first time I am cured of electric violins. ^^
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