Mendini By Cecilio Violin For Beginners, Kids & Adults - Beginner Kit For Student w/Hard Case, Rosin, Bow - Starter Violins, Wooden Stringed Musical Instruments

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  • Music Instruments For Kids & Adults: This fiddle kit is a great beginner violin for any student, young or old. This set includes all the necessities to start learning how to play.
  • Elegant Design: As beautiful as most band & orchestra musical instruments for kids, this ebony violin has a solid wood hand-carved spruce top; maple back, neck and sides with a beautiful finish; and an alloy tailpiece with 4 built-in fine tuners.
  • Starter Violin Kit Includes: Available in several sizes the kit also has 1 bow, extra violin strings, a quality rosin, adjustable shoulder rest with padding and rubber feet, and lightweight hard case with straps.
  • The Right Size: The violin for kids and adults comes in 8 sizes. To measure which size violin is best, measure from the neck to the middle of your left-hand palm (as if holding an invisible violin in straight outstretched arm). Consult table below.
  • Handle With Care: Like any fiddle instrument, this student violin is delicate. Please note the bridge will not be setup to avoid damage during shipping. NOTE: Tuning pegs must be handled with care and pushed in when adjusting.


Size:1/16 | Style:MV300 | Color:Antique 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, rosin, bridge, and an extra set of violin strings, making this package ideal for beginners. In order to make a sound from the violin, the bow needs rosin powder. Follow instruction to Tightening the Pegs: • Push the pegs inward as you tune the strings up to pitch. This ensures that the pegs hold tighter as the tension of the string goes up. • Use peg compound to help lock the pegs in place. You can also apply chalk (or rosin cake) onto the pegs where it is inserted into the peg box.

Item Weight: 2 pounds

Product Dimensions: 14 x 5 x 9 inches

Item model number: 1/16MV300

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No

Date First Available: May 20, 2011

Back Material: Maple

Color Name: Antique

Top Material: Maple, Spruce, Ebony

Number of Strings: 4

Size: 1/16

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5.0 out of 5 stars | I R NOW A VIOLINIST... and it only cost $67
I read the reviews here (including the bad ones) and ordered it anyway, the solid spruce top for only $66.99 + free shipping hooked me. Got it in 4 days undamaged. Didn't pop any strings because I tightened them slowly and evenly in small increments, especially the E string. No bridge issues, the sloping side goes toward the E string. My tuning pegs don't slip because I put a little rosin on them. My strings sound and tune ok because I gave them a few days to stretch. The sound is not screechy or silent because I actually rosined the bow. All of this is in the owner's manual, just read it people. This is a beginner's violin and as such, many of the people who buy it are beginning violinists like me, only I read the manual and did some online research before I got frustrated and rated it low (the guy who 1 starred it because he had to go to the hardware store to get sandpaper to scuff the rosin block needs to grow up, all rosin has to be scuffed). This is a killer deal considering how inexpensive it is. Solidly built. The sound post is in the correct position. 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.
Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2016 by keeeeef

4.0 out of 5 stars | Give It a Chance
Size: 4/4 Style: MV Color: Blue
I bought this for my 8 year-old niece for Christmas. She's been begging to have a violin for as long as I can remember, and I can guaranty she won't be disappointed with this instrument. 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.
Reviewed in the United States on November 29, 2014 by MICHAEL C ROGERS

5.0 out of 5 stars | some negative reviews are from not reading the directions
Size: 4/4 Style: MV300 Color: Antique
I was expecting to return this but i'm not. This is seriously good value. when i was a kid I had a beginner model that sold for $1100 . Now u can get this and its basically as good. You can tell its not the finest of craftsmanship but you have to look close. Other than that it's a nice looking very complete kit with a good bag, extra strings, and a dodad you don't need for your shoulder. It produces a pleasant tone i'd call bright, the stock action is fine by me. Some reviewers complain it won't hold its tune but if you read the directions it says it won't hold its tune until you follow the setup directions and rosen the pegs. Once you do that its fine. I decided to bump it to 5 stars despite the little things because on balance at this price, it deserves some credit.
Reviewed in the United States on July 12, 2017 by D.A. Ventura

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