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Mendini 1/16 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, 2-Bows, Rosin and Extra Strings
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- Size 1/16 satin antique violin
- Hand-carved solid spruce top with maple back & sides
- Maple fingerboard, pegs, and chin rest with an alloy tailpiece with four integrated fine tuners
- Includes: lightweight hard case, two Brazilwood bows with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, rosin, two bridges, and an extra set of strings
- 1 Year Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
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Size: 1/16-size | Color: Satin Antique
Top Customer Reviews
This violin is of much higher quality than I ever imagined. It is not, of course, even a good violin by professional standards, but it is a very solid beginner's instrument. I bought it for myself, though I am not a violinist, but I have been playing guitar, bass, and keys for more than six years, and I have played violins before. My ex-girlfriend lent me her first violin when we were dating, and it was really, really horrible. This one is pretty close to her current violin, which was a pretty decent student model. I did a lot of research before buying this one, and I'm really glad I did. It is rated highly by violin teachers and other violinists, but very lowly by people who have no idea what they are talking about. I have read that a lot of violins under $100 don't even have a sound post, which is a crucial part of the violin and absolutely cannot be discarded. You're almost better off with a violin that has no neck. The bow you're playing with has a lot to do with the tone you will produce. I have been playing some simple melodies on this violin, and it is not difficult to produce decent tone on it with the bow it comes with. The only two problems that I have had with this package are the rosin and the shoulder rest. Both are absolutely terrible, but not very expensive to replace with better products. The rosin is round, chips very easily, and is extremely difficult to use. I bought "Super-Sensitive" rosin from the Musical String Co. which was only three dollars (and I bought it from a luthier shop in Costa Mesa). You're going to want a rectangular rosin set in wood, that makes it much easier to use. Then theres the horrible, horrible shoulder rest.Read more ›
BUT overall, not too horrible. Especially if you don't have an option on renting one, or if you don't mind buying one to have.
It isn't perfect, but there are some decent qualities about it. I'm very persnickety about instruments, my woodwind instruments cost well into and beyond thousands of dollars range, even my beginning ones.
This little guy, for what I want it for--learning the basics (fingering, bowing, proper care) is PERFECT for anyone.
Here are my notes about this violin:
1. The appearance of the violin is alright. It isn't anything special. In fact, it looks as if paper has been placed over the wood frame, and painted to look like it has groves, or actual wood designs.
2. The bow is acceptable, it works well enough for a beginner (young and old). It takes some effort getting the strands to be tight enough. I had to do a lot of pushing in and turning of the screw to get it to do its job. Once I had that settled and had enough rosin on it, it looked pretty great! And it even helped to produce a decent sound.
3. The tuning pegs are just awful! BUT how to prevent slipping:
-Remove pegs (untwist them, get the wire off.
-once the pegs are removed, rub them over the rosin. Make sure the cover the part of the peg that sticks into the violin with rosin. You will want the pegs to look white, or at least dusted white.
-Once pegs are covered with rosin, re-insert pegs/restring violin. PUSH THE PEGS IN ALMOST AS FAR AS THEY WILL GO!
**The rosin prevents slipping. The pegs are not in all the way to begin with, but with out the rosin, they will not stay pushed in.
After that is done, carefully tune the violin.Read more ›
As a violin teacher, I like to have these on hand for cheap entry level instruments, or rent for $10/month. That way a student doesn't have to get into a year contract at a local music store if they aren't sure if they want to stick with it or not.
A great way to get started on the violin for VERY little money. After owning this violin for a year or so, the student can decide to invest in a nicer one, and pass this along to a sibling/friend/Craigslist.
Only disclaimer is: make sure you have someone who can setup a violin for you (the case with all violins, regardless of quality). They are NOT instruments that can be played right out of the box, and if you have a store do this for you, it's probably a $30-45 fee. Find a violin playing friend that will do it for free for you :)
Thank you for taking the time to write such a thorough and elaborate review. It is critical and yet unbiased. Mendini is our more affordable brand of instruments intended for entry level players and young musicians. We want people to have the best quality instrument at the lowest price possible. With hand crafted instruments it is not easy to achieve, but we'll continue to do the best we can. Feedbacks like yours and the constructive reviews by countless other customers will help us stay focused on the key issues and make improvements on the things that matters the most to our customers. Once again, thank you for your input and please feel free to reach out to us directly with questions or concerns.
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Cecilio Musical Instruments
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
I ordered this violin for a beginner. The video included with the item description showed a review stating it was a very good violin for this purpose. Read morePublished 1 day ago
OK for a cheap violin. Got it to see if my 15 y/o daughter was serious enough to want a better one. Will do for now, chin rest broke already.Published 3 days ago by gwatts
My son's music teacher was not able to tune this violin. She recommends us to return it for replacement.Published 5 days ago by the dentist.