Miah Schmahl

Miah is a contemporary musician but spent her formative years playing and singing in various ensembles. She’s familiar with the clarinet, guitar, percussion, saxophone, and piano, but her love lies with orchestral string instruments. She currently plays the violin primarily and is branching out into composition as well!

Mendini MV400 Review: Don’t Settle For Less

Cheap violins are tempting, especially when attached to free 2-day shipping. They look like a great deal. This is Cecilio’s, Mendini’s parent company’s specialty, offering deceivingly cheap instruments and many accessories to entice buyers. And it works very well, as they are still one of the more well-known producers of low-priced student instruments. While some …

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Cecilio CVN 400 Review: Discontinued But Alternatives Are Around

For several years, Cecilio has been making inexpensive and occasionally poor-quality violins and other band and orchestra instruments. At one time, they featured over 14 different violin models between their Cecilio and Mendini lines. They have started to narrow down what they offer to only the best-selling instruments in recent years. This has taken the …

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Mendini MV650 Review: A Mellow Student Violin

Mendini by Cecilio consists of slightly cheaper violins; from model to model, Cecilio and Mendini can be compared spec-wise. In general, I’m fonder of Cecilio branded instruments over Mendini. The differences in the lower-end models come down to strings and finish color. In their higher-end models, Cecilio branded instruments use better tonewoods, come strung with …

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