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Author Topic: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)  (Read 6920 times)

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Has anyone in this forum tried this on their acoustic violin?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ImcqGr60g8#

According to their website, they claim that:

.Recitalbox is a Reverb-device for Violin, Viola & Cello

.Creates an unbelievable great acoustic reverb

.Can be set up within seconds without causing damages to your Instrument

.Is a dedamping device without battery, only on acoustic basic

.The Recitalbox remains invisible from the frontside.

.Weighs only approximately 100 Gramm

.Opens new sound worlds and interpretation possibilities to you


This is their website:

http://www.violin-reverb.com/index.html

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Must be a spring reverb

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Must be a spring reverb


Probably.....I do not think so.  It must be 12 small guitar-like steel strings ( tuned in a chromatic manner) with a sympathetic function.

Anyway, the question is: Has anybody in this forum tried it?

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Not me.  Too weird for me - clunky - no info available on size, either.

Anyway, the question is: Has anybody in this forum tried it?
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Not me.  Too weird for me - clunky - no info available on size, either.

Anyway, the question is: Has anybody in this forum tried it?


It seems to be about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide ( Just based in comparing sizes from the photos)


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Interesting, dont think I could bear it being there like a limpet on my violin, but a curiosity all the same.
Unfortunately the website has some of the air of snake oil sales about it. Some of the letters of support "feel" very similar in style. Maybe this is due to a common translator..

Had a look at the german site, www.recitalbox.de and there is a guitar demo where he plays a note and the guitar rings on. On guitar, seems to be attached to the bridge. According to site is patented but not gone hunting, would be interested to have one apart.

Sounds a fair bit like a spring reverb on the guitar demo.
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Sympathetic strings?
Hardanger fiddles have been around for ages!
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Here we go again......

The question is not: "Do you like this device?" or " What Is It?" or " Do we have your blessing?"

Based on the erratic, vague answers & comments....It seems that no one the forum has tried one, which I think is a BIG plus.

Thanks for the comments anyway 8)

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It seems that no one the forum has tried one,
They seem to be going for $200US from the maker on eBay, so a more reasonable question might be, "Who will buy one at that price?"

"Not me." ;D

Based on the people who have tried the guitar version (which costs half as much) it IS a non-electrical spring reverb tank.
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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #10 on: Nov 21, 2010, 03:28:10 AM »
They seem to be going for $200US from the maker on eBay, so a more reasonable question might be, "Who will buy one at that price?"

"Not me." ;D

Based on the people who have tried the guitar version (which costs half as much) it IS a non-electrical spring reverb tank.

Very long answer just to say: "Not me" ;)

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #11 on: Nov 21, 2010, 11:19:52 AM »
This is a discussion forum not yahoo answers. You can't expect to post a link to something and not have people discuss it.

Here we go again......

The question is not: "Do you like this device?" or " What Is It?" or " Do we have your blessing?"

Based on the erratic, vague answers & comments....It seems that no one the forum has tried one, which I think is a BIG plus.

Thanks for the comments anyway 8)

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #12 on: Nov 21, 2010, 03:30:58 PM »
This is a discussion forum not yahoo answers. You can't expect to post a link to something and not have people discuss it.


That means "Me neither"?

Thanks :)

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #13 on: Nov 21, 2010, 08:25:04 PM »
Me neither. Send me one, along with $100, and I will write a review of it here. After I am done with it, you may have the gadget back, but I'm keeping the $100.

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #14 on: Nov 21, 2010, 08:55:56 PM »
Me neither. Send me one, along with $100, and I will write a review of it here. After I am done with it, you may have the gadget back, but I'm keeping the $100.

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Hehehe :D  What a long answer! But I respect the effort for trying hard to be clever and funny!

Thank you  ;)

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #15 on: Nov 21, 2010, 09:21:51 PM »
The quotes are from guitarnene

"Anyway, the question is: Has anybody in this forum tried it?" And answering that question is all that is allowed in this thread according to you?

So why do you answer back on the off-topic subject:
"It seems to be about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide ( Just based in comparing sizes from the photos)"

Maybe I'm a bit moody and tired tonight but reading this thread my warning bells for trolls starts ringing. If you only want to gather statistics about the use of the device you should start a poll instead.

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #16 on: Nov 21, 2010, 09:38:30 PM »
The quotes are from guitarnene

"Anyway, the question is: Has anybody in this forum tried it?" And answering that question is all that is allowed in this thread according to you?

So why do you answer back on the off-topic subject:
"It seems to be about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide ( Just based in comparing sizes from the photos)"

Maybe I'm a bit moody and tired tonight but reading this thread my warning bells for trolls starts ringing. If you only want to gather statistics about the use of the device you should start a poll instead.


I will take that as a "No"

Thank you for your insightful comments ;)

Although......It would be nice if someone with a real experience with the Recitalbox device wrote about it......That is what I want to hear about..........Instead of people feeling the obligation to be "entertaining" & "amusing" with their answer.


To prove my point.....Read the next reply:








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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #17 on: Nov 22, 2010, 11:58:44 PM »
What a long answer! But I respect the effort for trying hard to be clever and funny!

Clever and funny my ass. I'm serious. I will happily evaluate it, for the fee I mentioned.

Why do you think we come to this forum? Is it to give you answers, and only in the form you prescribe? I think you have had your answer:
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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #18 on: Nov 23, 2010, 02:39:08 PM »
See ?  8)


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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #19 on: Nov 24, 2010, 03:55:57 PM »
OK, here is another serious answer, keeping in mind that other people than just ourselves read this forum:

A high quality spring reverb tank stands more than a meter tall, with the springs hanging vertically. Its footprint is roughly equivalent to the plate area of a viola. Some care is taken in the mechanical and electrical design of it, to keep any particular note from overpowering the others. It requires amplification and equalization to sound like anything better than a piece of junk. Literally, I mean junk, as in cast-off screen door springs and old beat-up panels of sheet metal.

The sound in that video, especially when the player stops his bow to let the sound continue, resembles a screen-door spring more than it does a well-built reverb unit. This is why I have no intention of looking into it any further, much less spending an exorbitant sum of money on a unit to test.

My offer still stands. Provide a unit, and compensate me for my time, and I will write an honest review of the thing.
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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #20 on: Nov 24, 2010, 05:49:17 PM »
OK, here is another serious answer, keeping in mind that other people than just ourselves read this forum:

A high quality spring reverb tank stands more than a meter tall, with the springs hanging vertically. Its footprint is roughly equivalent to the plate area of a viola. Some care is taken in the mechanical and electrical design of it, to keep any particular note from overpowering the others. It requires amplification and equalization to sound like anything better than a piece of junk. Literally, I mean junk, as in cast-off screen door springs and old beat-up panels of sheet metal.

The sound in that video, especially when the player stops his bow to let the sound continue, resembles a screen-door spring more than it does a well-built reverb unit. This is why I have no intention of looking into it any further, much less spending an exorbitant sum of money on a unit to test.

My offer still stands. Provide a unit, and compensate me for my time, and I will write an honest review of the thing.

Beeswing, thank you very much for your offer, but I will have to decline it.

Because this forum is read by many musicians, I considered to be prudent to ask if anyone in this forum have already tried this.

Also, because I understand that a lot of fiddlers-violinist want to experience for the first time the electric side (pickups, amps, effects), there is a possibility that someone already tried one in their acoustic violin, but because the Recitalbox is not an electric device, is sitting in someones closet or used only for practice.

About the sound in their videos: I think they did them in a very improvised way without the appropriate microphones . They do need audio examples of how it sounds from the player's perspective. The reverb does not sound like a recording studio reverb, but that is to be expected......Our ears have been corrupted by electronic, artificial effects and compression.

Anyway, if anyone is reading this and have tried this device, you are welcome to share your experience with it.

Also, let us keep prejudice away (  An assumption made about someone or something before having adequate knowledge to be able to do so with guaranteed accuracy).


Peace ;)



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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #21 on: Oct 02, 2012, 02:33:51 AM »
The great fiddler Benny Martin (played fiddle with Flatt &Scruggs) use to but a spring on the side of his bridge that was approximately 2.5in. long. It produced a really nice acoustic reverb sound. You can pick up a spring at the local hardware store for around a $2.00 or so.

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #22 on: Oct 02, 2012, 10:11:43 AM »
Sounds okay if you play a slow solo with long notes but playing faster stuff likes trad. music etc. that reverb would be only in the way.

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Re: Recitalbox (Non-Electronic Reverb Device For Violin, Viola & Cello)
« Reply #23 on: Nov 07, 2013, 06:01:38 PM »
Looks mildly interesting but now I'm tempted by the duduk and the duduk instruction manual.  Always loved the sound of that instrument, but... I'm supposed to be practicing my viola more than any other instrument.

 




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