Ifshin Violins
Featured Instrument

We are pleased to offer this contemporary Cremonese violin by luthier Michele Ferrari. This instrument was made in 2014 and featured in the Cremona Exhibition that same year. Read more about this instrument and this fine Italian maker in our Article on Michele Ferrari


"Ifshin Violins" Poster by David Lance Goines

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

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

Alert: Stolen Instruments!

Eight new Heinrich Gill violins in two quad cases were stolen from one of our vendor's truck in the Berkeley Marina on January 16th. Violins look similar to the photo and are labeled Heinrich Gill. If you have any information, please call our shop or the Berkeley or El Cerrito Police Department.

UPDATE: Cremona Exhibition Extended

The violins, violas and cellos are now available to try through the end of January, 2017.

 No appointment necessary, just stop in during our normal business hours!

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

Upcoming Event


Cremona Exhibition

The exhibition will run
Dec. 2nd - Dec. 20th, 2016


Check out the pictures from the last reception here!

Cremona Exhibition Logo

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