Ifshin Violins
Rare & Fine Instruments

The Ifshin Collection of Fine Violins
We at Ifshin Violins have always been proud of our extensive collection of fine string instruments and bows. We currently are fortunate to have an unusually large selection of fine violins. If any of these fine violins are of interest to you, please give us a call. We will be delighted to give you more information.
From $6,000 to $10,000

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Erlangen, 1959. Ernst Heinrich Roth set up his workshop in Bubenreuth and Erlangen in 1953 having been forced out of Communist East Germany after WWII. They became one of the largest workshops in Germany, producing exceptional instruments. This violin is illustrated in the April 2017 issue of The Strad in an article about the founding of Bubenreuth written by Ifshin’s Richard Ward.

Collin Mezin fils.

Collin Mezin fils.

1924

Alfred Lanini

Alfred Lanini

San Jose, CA 1915. Although born in California, Lanini studied in Italy, first with Romeo Antoniazzi and then with Farotti in Milan from 1911 to 1914 before returning to San Jose. This violin is in almost new condition and has many characteristics of the maker's masters.

Fine Old German

Fine Old German

Labeled Wolfgang Klotz

Daniel Delfour

Toulouse, 2002

Bertrand Lépine

Bertrand Lépine

Laval (Quebec), 2006

Haide Lin

Haide Lin

El Cerrito, 2012. Over the last several years, Haide Lin, who oversees both our repair and restoration workshop and our Jay Haide workshop, has won numerous medals and awards at the Violin Society of America competitions. This exceptional and beautiful violin is modeled afte the work of the great J.B.Vuillaume. Tonally outstanding, this violin has a responsive tone with great depth and complexity.

Giustino Dal Canto

Giustino Dal Canto

Castelfranco di Sotto (Pisa), 1959.

Herman Geipel

Herman Geipel

Markneukirchen, 1935. Herman Geipel’s workshop made superb violins from 1884 when he opened his own workshop through the 1930’s. We very much like Geipel violins for their workmanship and especially the sound. Geipel was famous for his varnish techniques. His work was popular all over the World and especially in England.

Labeled Martinus Mathias, Vienna, 1747

Labeled Martinus Mathias, Vienna, 1747

Very typical of 18th century Austrian making, this instrument was constructed on the Stainer model, with high arching and dark varnish. The William Lewis and Son certificate accompanying the violin states that it is characteristic of the Johann Georg Thir School, one of the greatest luthiers of the mid-18th century. Indeed, this old instrument is a good example of Austrian violin making of that time. The tone is dark, warm, and mellow.

Labeled Joannes Baptista Martinelli

Labeled Joannes Baptista Martinelli

Caussin Workshop

Caussin Workshop

Neufchâteau c. late 19th Century. Over the years we have been able to offer several violins from the workshop of the Caussin family. As with this fine example, they are usually reproductions of the classical Italian masters and have excellent tonal qualities.

Luigi Villa

Luigi Villa

Pisano (near Milan). We have several examples by this maker. See more detailed information.

K. Lothar Meisel

K. Lothar Meisel

Owatonna, MN 1969. Kurt Lothar and his father came to this country from Klingenthal, Germany in the early 1950's. They were raised in a famous family of violin makers going back to the late 1700's. Their work has always been highly respected all over the country. This fine example of K. Lothar's work has a powerful, brilliant tone.

Caussin workshop, labeled Januarious Gagliano

Caussin workshop, labeled Januarious Gagliano

Alfred Lanini

Alfred Lanini
San Jose, 1917

Gustave Villaume

Gustave Villaume

Nancy, 1933. Gustave Villaume was born in Mirecourt and studied with Mougenot and Jacquet Gand before going to Paris to work with Caressa & Français. After moving to Nancy, he won numerous awards for his work.

Georgio Martini

Georgio Martini

2007

Blanchard Shop

Blanchard Shop

French, labeled LVGDVNVM

Wilhelm Dürrschmidt

Wilhelm Dürrschmidt

Markneukirchen, 1927. Dürrschmidt founded his workshop in 1887 and it became famous all over the world, especially in this country. This excellent violin has a full, warm tone.

Anton Kreutzinger

Znaim, Czechoslovakia, 1936. There were at least eight members of the Kreutzinger family who worked both in both the Schönbach area and over the border in Markneukirchen. This violin is beautifully made and shows the high quality that the best Bohemian makers were capable of and has an excellent tone.

T. J. Bellingham

T. J. Bellingham

Leeds, 1905

Paul Hart

Paul Hart

Salt Lake, 1989. Paul Hart is considered one of the key figures in American violin making. In the 1970’s he taught at the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake. In his classes were those who were to become some of the most important American makers of their generation. He continues to teach violin makers today. This violin shows his exemplary craftsmanship and skill in varnish work. The tone is brilliant and powerful.

Ch.J.B.Collin-Mezin

Ch.J.B.Collin-Mezin

Mirecourt, 1899

Concetto Puglisi

Concetto Puglisi

Catania, 1923. This violin by Puglisi is an excellent value in a quality Italian violin. The tone is warm and surprisingly responsive.

Fine old German

Fine old German

Labeled Joseph Guarnerius Saxony c. 1890

Kurt Gütter

Kurt Gütter

1927. This beautiful violin represents Gütter's best work. It is in exceptional condition and has a wonderful tone.

Georg Walter Gütter

Georg Walter Gütter

Markneukirchen, 1939

Haide Lin

Haide Lin

Berkeley, 1986

Heinrich Th. Heberlein Jr.

Heinrich Th. Heberlein Jr.

Markneukirchen, 1926. A very nice example from the Heberlein workshop, this violin is in excellent condition and has a big, powerful tone.

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Bubenreuth-Erlangen, c.1964. This is an unusually fine example from the famous Roth Workshop and is in very fine condition.

Fine old French, branded Thouvenel

Fine old French, branded Thouvenel

Erich Schweiger

Erich Schweiger

Chicago, 1985. After graduating from the Violin making school of America in Salt Lake, Erich Schweiger joined Michael Becker Violins in the Chicago area, soon becoming shop foreman. The year after this violin was made he moved to the Seattle area where he continues to make string instruments. This beautifully made violin has a powerful, brilliant tone.

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Ernst Heinrich Roth

Erlangen, 1959

Augustine Claudot

Augustine Claudot

Gustave Henning

Gustave Henning

Denver, 1924, #316. Born in Sweden, Hennig worked in Miami, Denver (1920-1928) and Seattle. His work is highly respected for workmanship and the quality of his varnish.

Carlo Nicolo Loso

Carlo Nicolo Loso

Cremona, 2003.

John Albert

John Albert

Philadelphia. John Albert who emigrated from Freiburg, Germany in 1848, took over the shop of Matthias Keller in Philadelphia in 1857. The firm was continued by the family into the 1930’s. This beautifully made violin has a nice brilliant tone and is in excellent condition.

Francois Henry Charotte

Francois Henry Charotte

Mirecourt

Julius Heinrich Zimermann

Julius Heinrich Zimermann

Markneukirchen, c.1910. Zimermann worked in many locations, including Moscow, St Petersburg and Riga as well as Markneukirchen beginning in 1908. This attractive violin is in superb condition and has a powerful, brilliant tone.

Daniele Tonarelli studio

Daniele Tonarelli studio

2016

Paulus Horvath

Paulus Horvath

Budapest. Horvath is an interesting young maker who has had success in various international competitions. This violin has a brilliant, responsive tone.

W.K.Fuchs

W.K.Fuchs

Eltersdorf bei Erlangen

Joachim Wunderlich

Joachim Wunderlich

Markneukirchen, 1955

J.N.Aschow

J.N.Aschow

Oakland, 1914. The Aschow family were the most important makers and dealers in the San Francisco East Bay area for almost 70 years, closing in 1969. John was born in Denmark and studied at the violin making school in Mittenwald before coming to this country at the beginning of the last century.

John Friedrich & Bro.

John Friedrich & Bro.

1914

J. Altrichter

J. Altrichter

Frankfurt an der Oder, 1890. Julius Altrichter had an important workshop making fine violins and bows for many years. This violin is in excellent condition and has a big, brilliant tone.

Alfred Lanini

Alfred Lanini

San Jose, 1949.

Willi Götz

Willi Götz

Markneukirchen, 1937.

J.N. Aschow

J.N. Aschow

Oakland, 1915. The Aschow family were the most important makers and dealers in the San Francisco East Bay area for almost 70 years, closing shop in 1969. John was born in Denmark and studied at the violin making school in Mittenwald before coming to this country at the beginning of the last century.

Breton

Breton

Mirecourt

A.Masterman

A.Masterman

Los Angeles, 1926

Stradivarius Label

Stradivarius Label

German

Herman Todt

Herman Todt

Markneukirchen, 1922. Made for William Lewis and Son, Chicago.

Cremona Solo

Cremona Solo

Made for Rudolph Wurlitzer, Chicago, 1913

French, Labeled J.B.Vuillaume

French, Labeled J.B.Vuillaume

Derazey Label

Derazey Label

French, Labeled Jean-Baptiste Colin

French, Labeled Jean-Baptiste Colin

Southern French

Southern French

circa mid 20th Century

Copy of J.B.Vuillaume

Copy of J.B.Vuillaume

Mirecourt

Charles Brugėre Atelier

Charles Brugėre Atelier

Paris, 1896