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OK, perhaps this one doesnâ€™t deserve the 'WTFIT" headline like some of the weird and wonderful instruments weâ€™ve come across but it got your attention and we think it looks really cool and may look even cooler when played by an appropraitely attired female cellist. Oops! that wasnâ€™t very politically correct of us was it?
Those of us who have worked as live sound engineers know only too well how difficult it can be to get a cello loud enough when itâ€™s in use with a rock band. Fortunately there are some alternatives to an acoustic cello and microphone combination and Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division have been showing one off at the show - The new SVC-110SK Studio Acoustic-body Cello
Hereâ€™s what Yamaha sayâ€¦â€˜Perfect for stage performance or studio recording as well as Silent Practice, the instrument offers realistic â€˜acoustic-likeâ€™ tones and powerful sound, produced via the newly designed resonating chamber and three onboard reverb presets.
Lightweight and versatile, the SVC-110SK is convenient for travel. It comes equipped with headphones, a 9V battery and a protective gig bag that can be carried like a backpack.
In addition, the cello can be attached to an MP3 or CD player, enabling musicians to play along with their favorite songs or any other type of pre-recorded accompaniment.â€™
Yamaha Strings Marketing Manager Ken Dattmore told us, â€œThe Yamaha lineup of Silent/Electric strings continues to be the popular choice for professional and student performers. Each addition has allowed players to push the envelope and broaden their musical horizons. The SVC-110SK not only meets their challenge, it surpasses it, taking our String line to the next successful level.â€�
Prior to the Summer NAMM show, Yamaha tell us that the cello was featured in a February performance with the Bavarian Radio Orchestra. World renowned cellist David Geringas performed a piece using the SVC-110SK that was specially written for him by Estonian composer Erkki-Sven TÃ¼Ã¼r. Yamaha say that the instrument gave Geringas tonal and dynamic possibilities not achievable on a conventional cello, while preserving its characteristic sounds.
Price and Availability
currently available at an MSRP of $2,795.