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Mendini 4/4 MV300 Solid Wood Satin Antique Violin with Hard Case, Shoulder Rest, Bow, Rosin and Extra Strings (Full Size)
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- Size 4/4 (Full Size) 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, a Brazilwood bow with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, rosin, adjustable shoulder rest, two bridges, and an extra set of strings
- 1 Year Warranty Against Manufacturer's Defects
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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 ›
There are some things that need to be said in this review though.
First of all, I've played guitar for the last 33 years. I began playing when I was ten. By the time I was a teenager, I was not only playing guitar and bass, but I was doing repair work for myself and other people. I know electric guitars and basses inside and out. About the only thing I can't, or won't do with one of these instruments is a re-fret - mainly because I don't have the space or the tools for it. I've been setting up stringed instruments for more than half my life.
That being said...
I firmly believe a lot of the negative reviews I've read here are written by people who felt the violin should have been in tune and playable right out of the box - which is ludicrous. This is a small, acoustic instrument. Shipping one of these things tuned to pitch would nearly guaranty a broken instrument upon arrival. These are shipped out with the strings slacked. The one I purchased had the bridge in place, but it was by no means in the correct place - directly between the middle of the two f-holes. It couldn't be. With the strings slacked, the slightest bump to the package could dislodge it.
I presume the majority of the negative reviews I read were written by people in the United States, where the people are taught by their televisions that everything is easy, nothing requires effort, and when you buy something, it has to work right out of the box - otherwise it's defective. I know, I live in the US.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's good for the price. First time playing violin, relatively easy to use. Set up was tricky, and I broke the G string during tuning. Glad it came with a spare set of strings. Read morePublished 2 hours ago by Stephanie
Outstanding value. This is an excellent beginners setup. The strings are mediocre but suffice to learn on - replace them when you are ready. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ohio river bound.
As far as the product versus price I thought it was a good deal. However, the bow for the violin was not as straight as it should have been.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
I've been playing violin for 7 years and I'm a currently a music education major. I've been trying to collect violins of all sizes for my music studio because I'm offering lessons. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Good if you are buying it as a knick-knack or as an amusement toy. The teacher absolutely hated it. The bridge hardly stays up and the sound is not good. Read morePublished 5 days ago by VB
Great violin, only thing missing is maybe a sheet of paper or lines on the fingerboard/neck that tells you how to read fretsPublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Instrument is great for what it is and came in great condition...only complaint is that the shoulder rest doesn't fit the 1/10 size violin. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Morgan Wright