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181 of 187 people found the following review helpful.
I do not own one, but as a music teacher and a instrument repair technician I had many chances to work on Mendini violins and violas. I felt compelled to write this review due to some really negative reviews that have nothing to do with the instrument quality, but rather with the instrument SETUP. Stringed instruments (violin, viola, cello) are notoriously difficult to set up. Seldom will instrument be shipped with the bridge and strings on. This is a standard precaution to avoid the damage. Strings are slack, tucked under the fingerboard while bridge is kept in the little compartment where rosin is normally kept.
The pegs are held in place by means of friction. If not careful enough, one can really jam the pegs so hard that they cannot be turned at all, or if not pushed in properly, they remain loose. If the pegs tend to stick then a pencil graphite can be applied to either the peg or the hole to serve as a lubricant. To add more friction, usually a rosin dust is applied to pegs or holes. The bridge has to be placed exactly perpendicularly on the top. If not, it may bend or warp and eventually break
Some instrument technicians will take the advantage of unsuspecting customers and charge huge amounts for a basic setup that should not cost more than $20. Of course, they may also tell you that your instrument is messed up and that you will need hundreds of dollars to have it "repaired"
There are millions of excellent and informative web sites and youtube videos that can walk you through the basic setup. Learning the mechanics of the instrument is just another skill that needs to be learned - apart from playing.
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
Great instrument, affordable, don't call it a violin.
Let me preface this review by saying, this is written after a frustrating and enlightening few hours tuning my new instrument, on the same day I received it. Was ironically heading out the door when it was delivered.
I purchased the purple finished viola. Visually, looks great. Not much different from the viola I had in elementary & middle school. Aside from being purple, if you're unsure about color options, you'll fit right in with one of the wood vanish colors. I haven't played much since I dropped the viola. [idiom] Saw this was on sale, I have amazon prime so the price was probably better than what non prime members pay. For under 100 bucks I was pretty enticed, so I went ahead and bought one.
A non-musically trained person might take one look at the bow and decide that the piece is crap. Yes and no. This is not as high quality as a 500 - 1000 or so instrument. There can be no debating that. But even with a high end instrument, (especially if it is shipped) your bow WILL have some loose hairs. Just cut them back at the tips carefully, this is normal. Not an indication of defect or poor quality. That said, as far as my semi-amateur eyes can tell, this is just as good. And it's great for beginners, BECAUSE BEGINNERS TEND TO WRECK THEIR INSTRUMENT IN ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. Not true of everyone, but a slightly lower tier instrument is in my opinion a better investment especially for beginners. If it gets destroyed, or it's used for 2 years and abandoned. That's several hundred dollars "saved."
As far as the tuning. I'VE NOTICED A LOT OF NEGATIVE REVIEWS. Mostly around the change of seasons. I'm assuming most of these reviews come from north america. Thing is, when the humidity changes, (it gets cold outside and thus people run their heaters) it changes the moisture levels of the wood in the instrument. It is entirely possible that some people received an instrument that didn't meet quality standards for one reason or another... But this seems unlikely, given the volume of negative reviews. It seems that these people didn't know how or had little patience in tuning their instrument. I spent at leas 2 hours tuning mine, not even fine tuning pray mind. Towards the end I was getting frustrated, and was tempted to call the piece crap and send it back. Bit more time and research led to better awareness and a nearly perfect pitch.
Based on my impressions, I'd recommend this to any beginner or aspiring musician. It's a very solid entry level instrument, but tuning and care lead this to be a FINE ART. Something most people seem not to have patience for. I'll update this review in a few months should any of my feelings change significantly, else some material defect becomes apparent. I WOULD RECOMMEND however, a bit of time spent on YouTube and the internet researching the instrument. This is NOT A TOY and should respected. Like I said, string instruments are a fine art, the internet has lifetimes of experience and free information. Use it. Learn. Grow.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful. See all 305 customer reviews...
Cheap and perfect. It came early
By hany bishara
Cheap and perfect.
It came early. And it comes with everything it said itd come with.
The sound is amazing too. I recommend this if you want a viola or any other instrument by mendini/cicilo