3. Mendini Full Size 4/4 MV300
If you want to buy a violin but are on a tight budget, you will have to accept that you won’t be able to buy anything of top quality – but at the same time, there are some real bargains to be had, and this instrument is among them.
It is made of decent materials, and the main parts are hand carved. The top is made of solid spruce while the back and sides are solid maple, and the overall effect is of an attractive instrument that you should enjoy owning.
Nobody will be able to claim that it produces a sound that can match top-end violins, but at the same time, for a beginner, the sound is more than acceptable. Some more expensive options are not as nice sounding as this.
Since this is a set, it comes with everything you need to get started. All the accessories are in the box, right down to the rosin, and we also like the sturdy case you get – this will help you take care of it when transporting or storing it.
The bow it comes with is made of brazilwood and includes genuine horsehair. Again, while it isn’t a top-end bow, it’s more than serviceable and enough to get you started.
Of course, at this price point, you have to accept some compromises over quality, and one is the crudely painted fingerboard – although this is a cosmetic issue rather than one that affects the performance of the instrument.
Also, the strings that are supplied with it are not of great quality, and once you begin to make progress with your playing, this is probably the first thing you’ll want to upgrade.
In short, if you have decided you want to learn the violin but don’t have the money for a more expensive instrument, this one will let you master the basics while allowing you to have a taste of playing to see if you want to continue.
If that’s all you need it for, then there are far worse options you could choose than this excellent value leaners’ violin.
- Exceptional value – a great learners’ violin for a bargain price
- Hand-carved – with solid spruce top and solid maple back and sides
- Includes bow – made of brazilwood and genuine horsehair
- Reasonable sound – will work for novice violinists
- Everything you need to get started – don’t need to worry about accessories
- Crudely painted fingerboard – but this is more a cosmetic issue
- Inferior quality strings – this is something you’ll want to upgrade
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