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Mendini 1/32MV300 Size 1/32 Acoustic Violin - Satin

by Mendini

Price: £60.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Satin antique violin, size 1/32
  • Hand-carved solid spruce top with maple back & sides
  • Maple fingerboard, pegs, and chin rest, alloy tailpiece with four integrated fine tuners
  • Includes: hard case, two brazilwood bows, rosin, two bridges, and an extra set of strings
  • 1 year warranty against manufacturer's defects
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£60.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

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Technical Details
Item Weight907 g
Product Dimensions55.9 x 12.7 x 22.9 cm
Item model number1/32MV300
ColourSatin
Number of Strings4
Country Produced Inchina
Size1/32-size
  
Additional Information
ASINB0051UUIH4
Best Sellers Rank 10,977 in Musical Instruments (See top 100)
Shipping Weight953 g
Date First Available4 Jun. 2012
  
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Mendini violin is completely hand-carved with a solid spruce top with 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, rosin, bridge, and an extra set of violin strings, making this package ideal for beginners.

Box Contains

1 x Mendini MV300 Acoustic Violin
1 x Violin Case
2 x Bows
1 x Rosin Cake

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655 of 680 people found the following review helpful
Much better than I expected 27 Oct. 2011
By Zachary Buser - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Satin Verified Purchase
I wrote this review for the person who knows nothing about violins at all:

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. I was completely incapable of properly holding the instrument using the shoulder rest it came with. I replaced that with an Everest shoulder rest for eighteen dollars, and it is very comfortable. The case it comes with is just fine; it is a hard case and has straps on the back so it can be worn as a backpack. The violin also comes with an extra set of strings, and an extra bridge (I believe violin bridges are made of balsa wood, but I know that they are very fragile) which is great for the beginner who may snap the bridge when trying to put it on. Also, it is not difficult to snap the strings when first tuning them (you have to do so very slowly and gently) so an extra set of strings is very handy for the beginner to keep on hand. You will notice some cosmetic damage to the violin, some very minor dents and scratches, but I have seen nothing major on mine that I did not expect on a $60 violin outfit. Also, if you look VERY closely, the neck on my violin is angled just slightly to the right. I'm sure there are other measurements on the violin that are far away from industry standards, but this model is close enough that it will not hinder a beginner's learning. It comes assembled (although the bridge and sound post might fall out in shipping, but that not a big problem) but you will almost certainly have to take the pegs out at put some rosin on them so they'll hold the strings at the right tension. If you try tuning it before that, the pegs will just roll back to their original positions (this is normal for all violins).

I rated this violin at 5 stars not because it is truely a five-star violin, but because for $60 (almost the cheapest violin I've ever seen) it is a really, really great package. It is definately good enough for any beginner to learn on, and if you're looking at a $60 violin, that must be what you're looking for.
273 of 292 people found the following review helpful
Review done by a music teacher 15 Jun. 2012
By Carole - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Satin
This violin--to be honest is very cheap. Not just in cost but in quality.

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. YOUR VIOLIN WILL NOT STAY IN TUNE WITH NEW STRINGS! You will need to tune each string sharp, about a whole note sharp. With all strings (violin, guitar...) the tuning will slip for a while because those strings are not use to being 'pulled' and they will slip on their own.

Tune it sharp, let it sit. Retune it sharp, and let it sit again. Do this often the first day. This will help your violin stay in tune while you attempt to play it. the strings need to be stretched enough so they will not slip and become flat.

Most high quality stringed instruments don't need to be fussed with so much, but since this is not high quality, you will need to be patient and work with it longer before you can start.

Now, here are my final suggestions:

Do not buy this violin if you are serious about learning. Pay more money for one.

Do buy this if you 1. Can't rent one (no option to) and 2. If you have a beginner who is a little rough on things. If they like it, have them use this until they get a little less violent, or have them use it at school. Kids destroy their instruments at school, I can't tell you how many instruments I repair while working. You can buy a nicer one, but only allow them to play it at home, during lessons, and for 'chair challenges' at school. It will keep the nicer one safe, while allowing them to still learn how to play.

In the end, if you really don't like it, re-sell it or return it, or hang it up on your wall as decoration. They look awesome as a decoration.

This is not a marvelous instrument, but it is exceptable if you or a child want to get an understanding or feel for the instrument before spending more money. This instrument will do the job, but it isn't perfect. Make sure to take care of the pegs first, or you will hate this instrument!
352 of 388 people found the following review helpful
Great quality/price ratio! 21 Jun. 2011
By Captain Cadabra - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Satin
Great violin? No. As nice as the ones the music stores rent for $25 a month, yes. Comes with tons of accessories that would cost you $30-40.
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 :)
249 of 277 people found the following review helpful
Amazing for $59 26 Oct. 2011
By Terry D. Peterson - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Satin Verified Purchase
My granddaughters started learning on some child-sized versions of this violin. I play a little piano and clarinet and couldn't resist trying out their violins. I had so much fun with them that I decided to order a full size version. How could you go wrong for $59? Well I don't think you can. My copy (the body) is nicely made. True the fingerboard appears to be painted wood rather than ebony and true the fine tune adjusters don't work extremely well and true that the bridge (both of them that came with the kit) folded nearly in half when the violin was tuned but all that aside, this violin sounds very nice to my untrained ear and for a beginner is easy to play in terms of finger action on the strings. I've read complaints about problems with tuning and pegs slipping. I had that problem with the violin too at first. However, now after two weeks of use the violin's strings have stretched and for the past few days i can pull it out of its case without needing to do a complete retune. As for the bridge, I did have to order a new one. I did not order one from this seller. I spent $15 on an adjustable bridge. That solved the problem and greatly increased the violin's ability to stay in turn. Sound quality was also improved. So I guess with the bridge my new violin cost $74.00. Even at that, it's a great value and perfect if you don't want to invest a lot of money seeing whether you or your kids like playing. The case is great, you get an extra set of strings and as mentioned two bridges. You also get a shoulder rest that is cheaply made but works. I think the complainers are expecting perfection at this price or are impatient with the violin while it settles in being tuned. If you are not expecting a Stradivarius and you spend a little time (and a little extra money) you will realize this is a very good value.

Update 2-8-12: I've now had this violin for several months. I'm slowly teaching myself how to play and I'm still terrible. That being said, the violin continues to sound better. As of this date, I've purchased new strings (Dominant and Piastro for the the "E" string.) I have also purchased a new bow because the horse hair kept falling out of the one that came with the kit. With the adjustable bridge, mentioned above, and the new strings and new bow, this is a pretty nice instrument for $69 plus upgrades. I've had several good violinists play it and confirm that it has nice sound and is easy to play. With the new strings and bridge I have had very little problem keeping the violin in tune. I may upgrade to something else in the future, but in its souped up version, this is pretty decent for the money.
69 of 76 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding for the price 4 Jan. 2012
By Kyle W. West - Published on Amazon.com
Colour Name: Black Verified Purchase
I played violin many years ago, and I wanted to see if I'd be able to pick it up again. However, I didn't want to spend over $1,000 for a violin from Brook Mays, so I got this one. I read quite a few of the negative reviews before deciding to purchase this violin. No, it's not the greatest. But, considering that it's a $60 violin that actually plays is a delight. And a lot of the complaints I've read seem to be from people that don't know how to handle a violin. Yes, when tuning, the pegs wouldn't hold tension - until I made sure they were properly seated on both sides of the pegbox. And no, the strings don't hold a tune for very long - that's because they're new and need time to stretch. And if you don't prime your bow with rosin, it's not going to play very well. And if you use too much rosin, it will sound scratchy. All of the problems can be addressed by googling various violin topics. So, don't listen to the vast majority of negative reviews for this violin. For what you spent, it is wonderful.
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