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Splendid Venetian cello by Carlo Tononi

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.


Visit our e-store to see many unique and rare posters for sale. Click on the Posters category from the navigation list on the left to see our full collection of posters for sale.


New! Pinpoint Perfect Endpin Rest for Cellists!


Elegant, compact and easy to use, Ifshin Violins presents the Pinpoint Perfect endpin rest. Hand-made in Europe of all-natural materials, available in a variety of color combinations!

This amazing new rest has been a big hit with cellists all over Europe; now available in the U.S. exclusively from Ifshin Violins, priced at only $30.00.

Click here for more details

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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"...

How to Keep Your Violin, Viola, Cello and Bow in Top Playing Condition

A fine stringed instrument is designed to last for hundreds of years.

At the same time, some instruments and bows have a relatively short life span because of carelessness and neglect on the part of their owners. To keep your investment in the best possible condition, we have put together this guide to assist you in maintaining your instrument and bow.

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! Here for a limited time!

NS Design electric violins are here! We are currently showing a CR series violin and an NXT series violin for a limited time. They will be available for in-store trial until December 13th.


Reception Pictures - Cremona Exhibition

Check out photos from our Contemporary Cremona Instrument Exhibition reception in 2012!

The Cremona Exhibition we held September 2010 was a huge success! Check out photos from our 2010 exhibition reception.