Ifshin Violins

Featured Instrument

We are delighted to offer this fine violin by the Mantuan master Tomasso Balestrieri, one of the greatest violin makers of the latter 18th century. Made when Balestrieri was at the peak of his powers, this violin has a full, warm tone with great depth.

Visit our Article on Balestrieri to read more about this important maker, and about this violin .

Elmar Oliveira, Featured Artist

Elmar Oliveira, Featured Artist

One of the preeminent violinists of our time, Elmar Oliveira is the only American violinist to be awarded the gold medal at the International Tchaikovsky Violin Competition as well as the first and only violinist to receive the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. He has appeared as soloist on five continents with most of the world's major orchestras. Elmar Oliveira plays on one of our premium Jay Haide l'Ancienne violins.

Click here to listen to him performing 'Meditation' from 'Thais' by Massenet on his Jay Haide violin, with Robert Koenig on piano.

New! "Ifshin Violins" Poster by David Lance Goines

We are very excited to offer the "Ifshin Violins" poster, an original David Goines, while supplies last.

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The Mystery of Origin

The Mystery of Origin

For 200 years, German luthiers supplied musicians with serviceable and affordable stringed instruments. Yet their story remains largely unknown.

Richard Ward examines part of the fascinating history of German violin making before World War I.

Our own Haide Lin and Artur Friedhoff win awards at the VSA!

Our own Haide Lin and Artur Friedhoff win awards at the VSA!

Master luthier Haide Lin and luthier Artur Friedhoff both won awards for their instruments at the recent VSA competition in Indianapolis. Haide received a silver medal for his cello, and certificate for wokmanship for his violin. Artur received a certificate for tone for his violin.

Renowned cellist Jeffrey Solow plays Saint-Saens in Hanoi

Renowned cellist Jeffrey Solow premieres Saint-Saens on one of our Jay Haide instruments in Hanoi

Greater Bay Area Youth Symphonies

We've compiled a list of the youth orchestras that we know of in the greater San Francisco Bay Area. If you know there is a youth orchestra/youth chamber group we've missed, let us know! This is a public resource; we have no guarantee of accuracy, nor do we have any particular affiliation.

Bowmaker Morgan Andersen wins Grand Prize!

Bowmaker Morgan Andersen wins Grand Prize at the Concours Etienne Vatelot in Paris.

We are delighted to learn that our friend Morgan Andersen has just won top prize at the 2011 Concours Etienne Vatelot competition in Paris for his latest violin bow...

Bowmaker Morgan Andersen

Anderson BowsFor the string musician, a fine bow with just the right playing qualities is a treasure that at times seems nearly impossible to find. For many years, we have had one of the largest collections of fine bows available anywhere. Musicians have come from all around to acquire fine bows from us. Anderson BowsMany came intending to purchase a fine older French, English or German bow but after trying the work of Morgan Andersen, they realized that the finest modern master made bows can often have better playing qualities (and workmanship) than more expensive older bows.

It's a Small World

Finding the right-size fractional instrument requires a good ear for tone

In spite of chronic loss of funding for our schools and subsequent elimination of music programs, it seems as if more young children than ever are playing stringed instruments. In this article, Richard Ward discusses what to look for and how to look for smaller instruments...

Let's Get Serious

Learn to cultivate good violin-shop relations.

Richard Ward (from an article originally published in Strings Magazine) discusses finding and keeping a good working relationship with a violin repair shop; includes criteria for choosing a shop, and useful pointers on etiquette...

Best Bow

Finding the right stick for you

Richard Ward offers pointers on choosing a bow. ..."Choosing the bow can be a daunting task, given the multitude of products on the market. Here are several simple points to consider when, checkbook in hand, you venture off to visit your local dealer in search of the perfect stick to suit your needs"...

Jeffrey Solow playing a Jay Haide Cello
Rare & Fine Instruments
Jay Haide Instruments

Alasdair Fraser, world renowned Scottish fiddler, shows his new Jay Haide à l'ancienne violin.

New Product!

NS Design electric violins are here! We are currently showing a CR series violin. The NXT series violin and the WAV series violin will be available soon.

Reception Pictures - Cremona Exhibition

The Cremona Exhibitions we have held have been a huge success! Check out photos from our exhibition receptions.