One of the things that I have found hardest to come by when looking into silent violins and violas is an actually good quality instrument that is comfortable to hold for long periods of time. It seems that most companies have picked aesthetic over practicality these days. I am happy to say that Yamaha has not done the same here, managing to find a good balance between the two. having played with these instruments quite a few times, I can confidently say that they are some of the best. They come with equalizing knobs on the instrument, making it easier to get the sound that you want without having to severely distort the sound coming from the amplifier. I would absolutely use these again and again. Go ahead and rock out like you're Lindsey Stirling, or how about Robbie Steinhardt, from Kansas?