Ifshin Violins
Featured Instrument

We are pleased to offer this fine violin by Carlo Oddone, made in Turin in 1934. One of the best makers of his generation, Oddone signed 269 instruments over the course of his career. Read more about this maker and this particular instrument in our Article on Oddone

New Product

We are very excited to offer the CelloGard, a new product designed to protect your cello

Visit the CelloGard website to see more information, pictures and a product demo video!

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.

Elmar Oliveira, Featured Artist
Our Store

Announcement: Holiday Hours

We will be CLOSED Monday, December 25th for Christmas and Monday, January 1st, 2018 for New Year's Day

We will reopen on Tuesday the 26th and Tuesday the 2nd for normal business hours.

Holiday Gift Ideas From Ifshin Violins

Find the perfect gift for the string player in your life!



Our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide.

Guide To Choosing and Using Strings for Violins, Violas and Cellos

stringsMany musicians and students are amazed and sometimes bewildered by the large number of strings available for the violin, viola, cello and bass. We are offering this information to answer some of the basic questions about choosing strings...Each different type of string has its own special characteristics, which can change the sound of your instrument. These characteristics can make subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) changes in the quality, playability, volume and responsiveness of the instrument...

Teacher Reference Guide

List of San Francisco Bay Area violin, viola and cello teachers offering private lessons in a variety of styles.

Please contact the teachers directly for information on studio location, rates and policies.

(photo by Sophia Wilson)

Rare & Fine Instruments
Jay Haide Instruments

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