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Mendini Solid Wood Violin with Hard Case, Bow, Rosin and Extra Strings (4/4, Antique)
- Solid wood violin spruce top, maple back, neck and sides with beautiful finish
- Alloy tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners
- Brazilwood bow with unbleached genuine horsehair
- 1-Year Warranty: Each instrument is tested at Cecilio's factory overseas and are tested again in their local warehouse in Southern California. Each instrument comes with a 1-year warranty against manufacturer’s defects and are serviced locally. If you have any questions, feel free to reach us by message or our toll free number to contact our support team.
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Mendini MV300 Violin
The Mendini MV300 violin has an impressive quality for the price, and is a remarkably affordable option for students who have never played the violin before and want to try it out for the first time. The MV300 produces a warm and clear sound that is simple and easy to work with, and comes with an outfit that provides students with everything they will need to get started. Both of our Mendini MV200 and Mendini MV300 violins have the same specifications and quality, but they differ in the type of finish used and the character of sound each one produces. The MV300 has a mellow and warm tone with a soft satin varnish finish to match, and the MV200 has a bright and vibrant tone and finish.
How to choose violin sizes
Violins are available in 8 different sizes: 4/4 (also called full size), 3/4, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, 1/10, 1/16 and 1/32. Size 4/4 is the biggest and size 1/32 is the smallest. All adults, regardless of their size, use the size 4/4 violin.
To measure what size violin best suits you, you need to know the length between your neck and the middle of your left-hand palm (when your hand is fully extended and raised perpendicular to your body, just like holding a violin). Most of the teachers prefer students to use the length from the neck to the wrist for measurement instead of the neck to mid-palm approach. The violin size determined by the neck/wrist approach would be the size that is more comfortable for students to hold. The violin size determined by the neck/mid-palm approach would be the biggest size students should use. The following table lists the length of each violin size. Find your length using your preferred approach and use that to determine the size of violin to get.
If you have a teacher, you should ask for your teacher's recommendation. If you don't have a teacher, we would recommend using the neck/wrist approach for students not using full size; for students who are deciding whether to used size 3/4 or size 4/4, use the neck/mid-palm approach. This is because it is always better those students feeling comfortable holding and playing the violin. However, while deciding between size 3/4 and size 4/4, if neck/mid-palm approach allows for size 4/4, then buying a size 4/4 is more economical since you don't have to buy another bigger size violin later. This is completely based on economical consideration. You should still decide what best suits your need.
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Mendini violin is completely hand-carved with a solid spruce top and maple back and sides. It is fitted with a maple fingerboard, pegs, and chin rest, and an alloy tailpiece with four integrated fine tuners. This violin includes a lightweight form fitting hard, a Brazilwood bow with unbleached genuine Mongolian horsehair, an adjustable shoulder rest with soft foam padding & soft rubber feet, rosin, bridge, and an extra set of violin strings, making this package ideal for beginners.
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Looks really good, shiney, slightly different color and lighter than the one the lady in the Online Piano and Violin Tutor video is playing ("natural"). Doesn't sound fantastic but still pretty good. Violins in general are hard to play, but this one's not too bad, I could crudely play "Carmen" and a little Beethoven after 2 practices and I still have no clue yet how the scales are laid out (just "feeling it out" right now). Fine tuners not great but usable. Decent bow, no hairs sticking out. Rosin small but ok. Shoulder rest works for me. Extra strings and bridge. Great case. Not a violin for Paganini or Stephane Grappelli (Gatemouth Brown could probably rock it though) nor for beginning musicians who get frustrated easily (the latter should just avoid the violin altogether and get a harmonica). But a very nice beginner violin at a really low price. And get the 4/4 full size, not one of the teeny-weeny Mendinies.
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.
If you're considering buying this, or ANY acoustic stringed instrument through an online retailer like Amazon, you're either going to have to learn some new skills in setting up an acoustic instrument, or take it to someone (reputable) who has the skills the set up an acoustic instrument for you. If you bought one of these instruments in a local music store, the set up would be done in the store prior to sale, and I'm sure the house luthier (instrument repair guy) would give it a "once-over" and a final tuning before you took it home. You're paying for this. It's why this same violin would be twenty or thirty dollars more if you bought it in a local music store.
For a guy like me, learning how to set up a whole new instrument was a joy.
Here are some quick tips on how you can do this yourself:
1.) The rosin cake that comes with the violin has a glaze over it to keep it from powdering up everything in the case during shipment. You'll need to "get it started". Take an emery board (nail file) or a little bit of sandpaper and sand off that top glaze until the cake starts to get powdery.
2.) The tuning pegs WILL NOT hold a proper tuning on the strings right out of the box! I don't care if you paid fifty grand for a new violin - if it has new pegs and new strings, they WILL slip. Take the strings off one at a time (I started with the G string) and apply your now powdery rosin to each peg - get the ends really good - and also apply some rosin to the holes in the headstock where the peg was. Replace the peg and the string. You'll now notice that there's a stiffness and a tackiness when turning the peg in its holes. This will prevent string slippage. If it's still a little loose, rap the peg head loosely with your knuckles to seat it a little better in the peg holes. Don't pull out a mallet or anything drastic like that - just knock on the peg head as if you were knocking on a door. It should seat it better. Again, even the most expensive violins require these adjustments to stay in tune. Follow these steps for each string, removing only one string at a time. When you tighten each string back up, only get it tight enough to allow the bridge to stand up. Don't try to tune the strings to pitch until you completed this process for all four strings.
3.) When all your peg holes and pegs are rosined up and back in place, make sure those strings have enough tension on them to keep the bridge erect, but not so much that the bridge is immovable. Start turning your pegs, G-string first - tune from low to high. The bridge will move around as you tune, that's fine. Just keep nudging it back into place. You're not tuning yet, you're putting tension on each string to secure the bridge in place. Once you feel you have an even tension (more or less) across all four strings and the bridge is staying where it should (between the very middle of the two f-holes), then you can start tuning the instrument to pitch.
4.) Rosin your bow. Without rosin on the bow, the hairs will just glide across the strings without producing any appreciable vibration - in other words - no note. The rosin creates friction between the two surfaces and causes the string(s) to vibrate. Playing your new violin without rosin is about the same as playing it without strings.
5.) Your new violin will still go out of tune! Yes. Why? Because it was shipped to you with new strings, that's why! I know this from playing guitar for as long as I have. New strings have a certain "breaking in " period. Once the strings settle into their tuning, try to avoid tuning with the pegs and use the fine tuners in the bridge to make minute adjustments to the tuning of your new instrument. Righty tighty, lefty loosen. Tightening the fine tuners will bring the pitch of the string up, loosening the fine tuner will bring it down. During your initial set up, make sure the fine tuners are tightened mid-way - that way you have room to move either up or down in pitch once the strings are broken in. The fine tuners on the instrument I purchased pretty much arrived this way, but it doesn't hurt to check.
6.) One last piece of advice, if you break a string, change them all, don't just change one. It's like tires on a car. It's better to replace all four at once than it is to replace one at a time. Your violin will just sound and respond better if you do.
Now that all that stuff is out of the way, I'll conclude this review with an actual review.
As far as the construction of the instrument goes - it's okay. It's maple - maple is a good, solid, tone wood - not too expensive, but certainly not plastic, like I've seen for other instruments in this price range. The maple finger board (stained dark to resemble ebony) is okay, again MUCH better than plastic. I'd personally like to see rosewood or pau ferro. It wouldn't be too expensive in violin size to substitute one of these tone woods - either one would have a "slicker" feel than stained maple and still be cost-effective for a beginner's instrument. The stained maple pegs are just fine, they do the job and again, infinitely better than plastic.
The tone bar seems to be seated well and in its proper place. I'm happy it's there to begin with. At this price range, it isn't unexpected to not see one at all.
I'm not an experienced player by any means, so I don't know much about the accessories, but the included chin rest and shoulder rest seem pretty adequate. Adding the shoulder rest made it a lot more comfortable for me to play - well, squeak out some notes anyway.
I'd say, all in all, it's a solid little first instrument. It's not mind-blowing. You get what you pay for, and I think in this case, you might even be getting a little more. The instrument itself, aside from its chin rest and shoulder rest, is all wood and metal - no plastic - which is a wonderful thing.
In conclusion, I'd say, put in some TIME. Put in some EFFORT, and you'll have a decent instrument to learn with.
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At the end of the day, I feel it is great bang for your buck. Solid wood. Resonates great. 4 fine tuners help. I did not need the extra strings and bridge but nice that they added it. If I knew what to compare it with I might opt for better strings and rosin and add a finger placement chart and a mute to bring peace to family around me while I hack away:-). But the strings and rosin are I am sure good enough to get going. Most of you looking at this violin are most likely looking for a beginner/entry level violin and I would not hesitate on this one. Well priced good violin.
The good: colour and satin finish on the violin are quite attractive, the bow has real horse hair, tuning pegs fit and work very well and fine tuners are also very functional, chin rest is real wood and a nice shape and design. The case looks decent and offers some protection.
The bad: the stock strings are not worth using - they are quite a bit too thin, so the tension is too low in standard EADG tuning. When bowed reasonably hard, the note goes sharp by at least a semitone. Strings from reputable manufacturers like Dominant are significantly thicker (greater mass) for instruments this size to compensate for the shorter length. The nut was notched very poorly - strings were much too high and notches were not evenly spaced. The bridge curvature was incorrect so it was possible to bow the E, A and D strings at the same time. The bow was curved sideways, the wood at the tip is roughly hewn, weirdly shaped and hardly sanded before finishing. The frog does not fit well to the stick and has sharp metal edges. The bottom of the case is thin and very flexible. While it does protect the violin from minor bumps, I would definitely advise against ever placing anything with any weight on top of it, ie loading in a car.
The verdict: If you want a decoration, this is quite lovely. If you just want to teach a child how to hold a violin and not drop it, this is perfect, but to make this playable, expect to spend more than it cost on setup, strings and a decent bow.
-The feet on the shoulder rest that grip the violin were too wide to fit the violin body when I received it, even adjusted to its smallest width, but I found that if I pulled the small circular plastic piece that the feet adjusters were attached to out of their clips and put them back in backwards, it brought the feet in by the 1/4" or so required to make it fit the body perfectly.
-The little clips in the tailpiece that hold the ball ends of the strings are designed to fit the smaller than average cheap string balls - some strings from reputable manufacturers will not fit in them, so check before you buy.
-Remember that beginning playing an instrument is very challenging. If your child starts with an instrument that is essentially impossible to coax a good sound from, they will become discouraged and will not stick with it. Frankly, who can blame them?
The bow I think is the biggest reason for taking the star off. At least 5 hairs came off in the first few times playing. You can see that there are some hairs that aren't as tight as the other ones. Last, the bow itself can't be tightened as much as a normal bow could, which makes it a bit mushy to play with. Again, not a big deal for beginners, but will be a limiting factor if they want to play more challenging songs.
The rosin that comes with it is a bit small/lower quality, but still gets the job done.
The D-string snapped within 2 weeks; good thing it came with a full set of 4 replacement strings. No other issues with the strings for 2 months now.
March 2019 - First time Review
Overall, amazing. This violin sounds amazing. Clear, crisp, and does not sound like a toy; which is what I thought it would sound like.
Lets get into the details.
What's good: Body and Bridge, Tailpiece, the Case.
What's bad: Pegs, Chinrest, End Pin, The bow.
The Body is solid, the paint coating seems to give the violin a slightly mellower sound which is good if thats the type of sound you are looking for (like me). The paint job is not the best, but its not like anyone is really going to see it.
The bridge is actually very well done. Although, I wasnt a huge fan of how high the feet were. I cut a new bridge with an old Aubert bridge I had from 2008. It certainly enhanced the sound more than the original bridge, but if I had no option, I'd be perfectly happy with the two supplied bridges it came with.
The bow was unfortunately useless, dont use it unless you want to get turned off from starting the violin. Not straight, barely any arching, but at least the hair is nice. you can probably use it for parts.
The chinrest and endpin were no good either. Rough, and will probably give you a rash on your chin because its like putting your chin on sand paper. I replaced it.
The tailpiece is good! The tailpiece is not alloy. It is plastic. Although I truly prefer plastic over metal for a tailpiece. I was never a huge fan of 4x fine tuners though, so I replaced it as well. But you can bet that I'll be keeping the tailpiece to use on another violin.
The pegs are usable, not much to say, but I'll replace that eventually. I still have to test them to see how they will work for me.
The rosin, despite what everyone says, is actually usable. Mine came as one piece.
The shoulder rest seems to work. not as comfortable as a wolf secondo, but if you dont have a shoulder rest, it is usable.
The case is the best I've seen for a budget violin outfit. it seems snug and i feel confident it will keep my violin safe.
The strings also get a bad rep. They are great starter strings, don't throw them away, they are playable. I'm not the biggest fan of steel strings and they are too thin for my liking, but if you set up your violin properly (specifically the bridge) then they will sounds crist and clear and bright. A bit too bright for my taste though.
I spent and additional 17 dollars to replace the chinrest, end pin, Tailpiece, and bridge (bridge was free, i had a spare uncut bridge lying around. That i ended up cutting myself to fit into this gorgeous violin)
With only a few mods and maybe 30 min of cutting a bridge + setting up the violin, I ended up with an amazing violin i'm super happy about.
February 2020 Update:
The sound didnt open up as much as I hoped it would. I guess the paint makes the sound restricted. At this rate I would not recommend purchasing this if you are hoping it will sound better later. I made some major mods on it. I replaced the fingerboard because it isnt real ebony. Upgraded the tailpiece, chin rest, and pegs to planetary tuners. It is more enjoyable to play but again, the sound is taking forever to open up.
-Stays in tune
-Ugly (to me)
-Overly bright tone
-You MUST re-shape the nut and bridge if you want an easier playing experience. (or complete setup)
-Get Pro Arte or other dark strings.
-If your just starting out, get a mute! it will boost your confidence I swear lol. (or play with a new un-rosined bow)
I'd recommend this to cash strapped parents and those who are unsure they want to play. As with any instrument in the violin family, regardless of how much you paid for it, you should set it up, get bows, rosin and strings that you prefer.
Above all, enjoy playing(;
I only have 3 issues to highlight. 1) The rosin sucks. I already knew that so I bought better rosin with the violin. 2) The shoulder rest sucks. I also knew this, so I bought a cheap rest from China. 3) The tuning pegs don't sit well in the slots making it very difficult to tune. This is a huge problem for the violin. There are makeshift fixes online that you can do, but I would have expected it to work out of the box. I still managed to get it mostly in tune and it's held up for a while now, but I know that just touching the pegs might push it out of tune again if it slips.
The case is included, and is great for storage and protecting the violin. The bow is sturdy and made out of the same well constructed material as the violin. It seems smooth and easy to hold. Please note, this violin is intended for individuals that are right handed only.
Obviously, this violin is not intended for people working in an orchestra but it is perfect for those starting to play as a hobby or children starting to learn.The price of just under $ 110 is pretty reasonable for a musical instrument
Local music stores couldn’t beat this price.
Look good, sounds good, price was right!
All in all it was a great instrument to begin my learning on and test if the violin was a hobby I was interested in pursuing, but after about six times playing it the pegs would no longer stay put. I got some peg compound thinking it would fix my issue so I could tune my violin but the pegs just would not stay in place and therefore I can no longer play the right notes on it anymore.
I don't regret purchasing this as I was very unsure about spending loads of money on an instrument I had never played before and this violin helped me realize it was something I wanted to continue doing, I just wish the lifespan of it was a little bit longer...
I liked that there was a video teaching new aspiring violinists, I'm still eager to learn however I found that after 5 minutes I had to re-tune it over and over. It was so sensitive, all I had to do was touch the tuning pegs and then it would change. As I am still in-experienced I don't know if this what happens with all violins.
I honestly was hoping for a little better quality for the price but hey I'm still learning and I'm hoping to get better slowly with it
très déçu! j’aurai aimé qu’il fonctionne. mais impossible de l’accorder. aucun soutien au corde. il est seulement jolie. idéal comme figurine. je suis déçu car il se vend pratiquement le même prix qu’un violon au magasin de musique. ☹️ je ne recommande pas!