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gStretch
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what do yall think of the mendini violins on the kk music store? the one's that are 69-75 dollars.

http://www.kkmusicstore.com/st.....ml?sort=4a

thanks guys!

and gals ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Apparently, Mendini is the cheap version of Cecilio's violins.ย 

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Are you actually thinking of getting a violin or what gstretch?

Mendini 650 is good. The lower budget ones will probably get you in trouble learning violin because of the lack of quality control in China and not knowing where to get the violin setup to sound alright. Mendini is made by Cecilio but I think they are using cheeper builders?ย 

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oh ok.
yes i am.ย 

so would it be better to just go with the cecilio?

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ok, imma be straight forward...what is the cheapest violin i can get that i can learn to play and make a good sound?

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Agree...

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I got lucky, my $100 violin from KK was not bad at all, I just wanted something that sounded a little better. I still use it to bring to work.

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mine is cecilio cvn 500, so is my daughter's. I ordered a cvn 100 for her, but it was too small. It looked okay as well.

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I was even more impressed by the CVN-200

It is the same one that I'll be giving away in October. You can hear it here.

It appears that members have had good luck with the return policy at KKmusicstore. Most have been more than happy with their purchase but as Barry says, it is a bit of a crap shoot. The are partially hand-made and out of real maple and spruce which means that they differ as well. This is true of all violins though. Many are not even made with the right quality wood. I am not sure that the black violin is not from plywood.

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ok. i'll probably stick with the $99.99 colored violins or or the cvn 200 if i dont want a colored one ๐Ÿ˜›

thanks guys!

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I think I can recommend a violin with traditional finish as opposed to a colored or painted one. I have a blue Cecilio violin. In addition to the paint on it, it also has a layer of primer, and I think a topcoat of Polyurethane. All this conspires to kill the amount of sound coming out of the instrument. It sounds ok, but it could be better. I bought the blue one because I figured, I might as well have fun! So far so good!

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I would suggest traditional/natural color as well because when it is painted, all the flaws or things that they don't want to show you would be covered by paint, e.g., the wood maybe plywood (or even balsa wood) instead of spruce and maple.

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good point about the paint and the sound.

fiddlerman, could you tell if the black violin was muted much?

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pky, your comment about the balsa made me laugh XD

what's wrong with balsa? ๐Ÿ™‚

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The black violin was not as open as the CVN200.

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ah ok. well, natural finish it is then ๐Ÿ˜›

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If I had it to do over again, knowing what I know now, I would get a natural finish.

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I saw fiddlerman with the 650 and what I read into what he said was (with time to settle in and a better set of strings this violin could have a really sweet sound and ย be a real good buy) This is going to be my choice with the close grain of the wood, the solid back it sounded good to me. I'm 63 this will be my first violin. But what I have learned is not to defeat your self. If you buy to cheep you will never stay with it long enough to find out if it is You or the tool your using.ย 

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I always wonder why they use cheap strings though. I realize that they save money that way but it has to be peanuts compared to if they used great strings and bought them wholesale in bulk.

I'm confidant that you will like it. Let us know what you think when you get it.

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