Mendini is another low to mid budget brand, that are ideal for beginners and those still at a lower grade.
Almost all factory made, the instruments offer good value for money and produce tones of a medium quality.
Although the violins are low in price, they are durable and will see students through mid range grades when it will be time to invest in a higher quality model.
As the violins are not handcrafted, there will be an element of fine tuning and adjustments to be made in order to get the best sound possible.
Mendini violins are frowned upon by professionals, due the quality of both the violin and bow. Although you will pay a lower price, you are likely to have to replace the strings on the now at some point as the quality is not as good as it could be.
However, for children learning the basics of the violin will not see any issue and it will not hurt the purse strings to much, if your child changes their mind.
Like Windsor, Mendini offer a range of funky colours and cases that may appeal to a reluctant learner. To a trained ear, the quality of sound is affected by the layers of paint and polyurethane but this should not be an issue for a newcomer or a tutor.
Mendini violins are fun and functional but above all good value for money for what you get. Great for families on a budget, who would otherwise be put off encouraging children to learn an instrument.
1.Mendini 4/4 MV200
Mendini have a great range of violins to suit all levels, with many lower priced instruments that are ideal for beginners.
The Mendini 4/4 MV200 is one of the best that the brand offers, which is why it is on our list of 5 best violins for beginners.
The violin is factory made but it does use good quality wood, with spruce used for the top of the violin and maple for the back and sides.
The ebony pegs and fittings are of good quality and the bow is made from high quality Mongolian horse hair.
The Mendini 4/4 MV200 produces good quality sounds and has a warm tone, that some student violins sadly lack. We think that this model is excellent value for money, particularly as it comes with bow, case, rosin, chin rest and a shoulder rest.
They kit has everything that you will need to start your lessons and makes the purchase of a new violin less overwhelming for those new to the instrument.
In terms of durability, you should expect this model to last though the early stages of learning, perhaps to grade 4 or 5, with an enhancement or two on the way.
The violin is full size, so it may not be suitable for all children, which is something you will need to check out before buying.
Children will love the choice of colours that the Medini 4/4 comes in, including blue, pink and white rather than just a standard varnished finished.
This Mendini is an all round good budget violin, that will not produce high class performances but will allow students to transition to easily into the world of violin playing.
2.Mendini 4/4 MV300
The next model up from the MV200, this Mendini is still superb value for money and will suit those on a budget.
The MV300 is completely hand made, with a spruce top and maple sides and neck.
Once again we see attention to detail in the fixtures and fittings, with a good quality bridge, ebony fingered and pegs and high genuine Mongolian horsehair strings.
Aimed at students, the MV300 comes with everything you need to get you started and to keep your violin in top shape.
Spare strings, a medium strength bow, chin rest and shoulder strap will keep you comfortable and enable you to produce the best tunes as possible.
There is only so much quality control that you can have over an instrument of this level but once you have settled into playing it, you will be able to develop a better sound than you would think for the amount you will pay.
This model does come in a variety of colours, although be warned that sometimes the extra layers of varnish and paint can hinder the sound quality as it can become muffled.
Expect beginners to reach grades 4-5 with this model and although this is not a professional violin, it is liked by teachers.
3.Mendini 4/4 MV400
The MV400 is a full sized violin 4/4 with solid wood spruce top, maple back, neck and sides and a beautiful varnish finish & inlay.
You can see the higher quality just by looking at this violin yet it is only around £40 more expensive than the previous model.
Again, this model is not a professional violin and is aimed at students, perhaps more advanced students who are achieving mid to high range grades.
You still get all of the extras, including a smart case, chin rest, rosin and a quality horsehair bow.
You also get a spare set of strings, which will come in handy for beginner who are bound to snap a few along the way.
The better quality of wood means you will get a warmer tone from this violin, compared to lower priced models and other than fine tuning the strings, you are more or less ready to go once you receive your violin.
A great choice for families wanting siblings to learn as this violin is likely to be able to be passed down, once the elder child moves on.
4.Mendini 3/4 MV500
The next step up from the MV400 and moving into a mid range budget, the MV500 gives an overall better tone and pitch, as you would expect with higher priced models.
This model features ebony fingerboard, pegs chin rest, and tailpiece with 4 detachable fine tuners and is carved out of one piece of maple wood.
The fact that this model is handcrafted from one piece of wood, means that there is extra precision in its construction and little room for error, as there is in factory made products.
The glossy finish adds class to this violin and it will not look out of place in an orchestra.
A lightweight case, high quality rosin, a comfortable chin rest and spare string will delight students and parents alike, as they will not have to run out to keep spending money.
Despite how good it loos, the proof of course is in the pudding and you certainly get some sweet notes from this well executed violin.
A little bit more expensive than some people would want to pay for a student violin but this will see your child through to higher levels and perhaps even beyond.
If you know that your child is in it for the long haul then you cannot go wrong with the MV500 in terms of durability and value for money.
5.Mendini 4/4 MV650
The Mendini MV650 is one of our favourite violins in the mid budget range.
The handcrafted instrument is made up pif one piece of the best quality maple wood with a spruce top and ebony fittings all over.
This violin has wonderfully mellow tones and is suitable for intermediate players, who are ploughing through violin grades with ease but are not quite at the stage where it is worth splashing out the extra bucks.
This model comes with a Cecilio 92-D chromatic tuner with metronome and,along with the 4 original fine tuners that are attached, violinists can experiment with sounds and begin to stamp their identity in to their music.
The MV650 is a little more expensive than the MV500 but you get what you pay for with violins and this will definitely not disappoint.
Whichever Mendini you go for, you will be going away with a quality instrument that will create great music and last a long time, in relation for the amount you paid for it.
If you are a beginner, or are buying for a beginner, you cannot go far wrong with the lowest priced option and when you fall in love with this brand, you can upgrade through the newer models.
The later, and more expensive, models would not be out of place in a professional orchestra and are very durable, making them a good instrument to invest in and pass down to a family of learners.