If the thought of getting a great amplified violin tone by wrapping a plastic and velco band around your instrument seems a little far fetched to you, we agree and were very skeptical at first. But after hearing about how great "The Band" is for a some time, we finally got to try one. The results are remarkable. It goes on in seconds (like putting on a headband), does not dampen the tone of the instrument, and sounds very natural without harsh bowing or body noise. It is also extremely resistant to feedback. We also wrapped one around an F-Style mandolin with similarly great results! It doesn't get much easier than The Band Violin Pickup from Headway.