Ifshin Violins


Cremona Exhibition

The exhibition will run
Dec. 2nd - Dec 22nd, 2016


Check out the pictures from the last reception here!

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Elmar Oliveira, Featured Artist
Jay Haide Instruments

Ifshin Violins is proud to offer the Jay Haide line of violins, violas, cellos and now, string basses. Unlike many instruments in this price range, all Jay Haide instruments are hand-made of quality seasoned maple and spruce and have a tone quality and workmanship normally found in those costing much more. Violins, violas and cellos are available in four models. The Model 101 is an excellent choice for beginning players. The Model 104 would be an excellent choice for the intermediate player. The à l'ancienne and à l'ancienne European wood models  are made by more senior violin makers with finer quality aged wood for musicians requiring the best tone quality.

The Jay Haide à l'ancienne violins, violas, cellos and basses are brought to you after years of development with the collaboration of master European luthiers known for their fine varnish technique. The varnish is a new formulation, carefully applied and beautifully antiqued giving each instrument the patina of age, so desired by both musicians and connoisseurs. And, they are as beautiful tonally as they are visually. The Jay Haide à l'ancienne has been designed for the advanced student and professional who needs an instrument that will compliment and enhance their artistic style.

Ifshin Violins is proud to announce our latest reproduction in the distinguished Jay Haide à l'ancienne series of fine violins. It is a copy of a fine Tommaso Balestrieri from the Ifshin Collection. In this marvelous reproduction we have endeavored to copy every feature and nuance of the original, from the characteristic f-holes to the arching, scroll and even the wear patterns of the varnish. Tommaso Balestrieri worked from about 1720 to 1772 in both Cremona and Mantua and is considered one of the finest Italian makers of the Golden Era. The Balestrieri model joins our Guarneri, Guadagnini and Strad models.

Ifshin Violins offers an authentic Maggini model viola that perfectly recreates the dark, rich tone of the Old Brescian Masters. It is available in the straight finish and the à l'ancienne model with its imitation-old varnish where all the marks of age and wear are skillfully reproduced. These superb instruments are available in body lengths from 15 1/2" to 16 3/4" and each one features the characteristic Maggini f-holes, double lines of top and back purfling and above all the legendary Brescian tone that is so desired by professionals for solo, quartet and orchestra work.

The new line of Jay Haide professional quality string basses offer what we believe to be the greatest value to be found anywhere. At a surprisingly affordable price, we offer a fully carved and graduated solid wood bass with highly flamed tonewoods and a lovely translucent varnish, available in either straight or imitation-old finish. The two models available include a modern French style with narrow, sloping shoulders and a full lower bout, and the classical Italian model with full upper and lower bouts. Both models are set up to exacting professional standards to ensure a full tone and easy response. Beauty, tone and dependability are notable features of every Jay Haide string bass.

To meet the needs of musicians performing early music, we have also introduced the Jay Haide à l'ancienne Baroque violin. These violins have been handcrafted and set up to exact Baroque specifications and provide the musician an opportunity to own a fine Baroque instrument at a reasonable price. We feel sure that the Jay Haide Baroque violins will be popular with professional Baroque musicians as well as any musician who wants to experience the joy of playing the music of Bach, Vivaldi and Handel as it was originally performed.

Any musician who purchases a Jay Haide from us will be buying an instrument set up to the highest professional standards by our own violin makers here at Ifshin Violins. The model 101 violin is available in sizes from 1/8 to full. The model 101 viola is available in sizes starting at 12". The model 101 cello is available in sizes from 1/4 to full. Please call for availability in small sizes of viola and cello.

We now have fractional violin sizes (3/4 - 1/8) available in our "à l'ancienne" model. Please call or email for availability, as quantities are limited.


Model 101 - 4/4 - 1/8 sizes -  $795.00
Model 104 $1,295.00
à l'ancienne - 3/4 - 1/8 sizes - $1,695.00
à l'ancienne $2,400.00
à l'ancienne "Statue" light flamed European wood $2,850.00
à l'ancienne European wood $3,400.00
à l'ancienne Baroque $2,500.00


Model 101 $995.00
Model 104 $1,695.00
à l'ancienne $3,200.00
à l'ancienne "Maggini" $3,400.00
à l'ancienne European wood $4,200.00
à l'ancienne European wood - "Maggini" or "Bajoni" $4,400.00


J.H. $1,695.00
Model 101 $2,850.00
Model 104 $3,650.00
à l'ancienne $4,950.00
à l'ancienne "Statue" light flamed European wood $5,850.00
à l'ancienne European wood $6,850.00
Vuillaume Model with European wood $8,900.00


We are now offering a limited number of Jay Haide basses at $4,200 to $6,500.

Jay Haide violins, violas and cellos are available in outfits with a case and bow. Please ask us for details

You can also check out our Jay Haide website for more information and up-to-date listings