We welcome students of all ages and levels, as well as professional players of violin, viola, cello, and bass.


We have outfitted string players from ages 2 to 90! Many teachers send their students to our shop because they have come to count on the quality of our instruments and maintenance. We feature a wide range of instruments that are well-maintained by our fine repair staff, excellent customer service by staff who have experience fitting instruments, and reasonable monthly rates. 

Explore this page to find out about our instrument models, sizing, and prices. We highly recommend that you contact us before coming in, to make sure we have a great instrument ready for you. We welcome your questions!

To receive more information about rental instruments or to receive a contract, please call us at 510-843-5486 ext. 4 or send us an email.

Instrument Selection

We have increased our range of instruments and sizes!


  • 1/16 to 4/4 in student models
  • 1/8 to 4/4 in Jay Haide model 101 (including 7/8 size)
  • 3/4 and 4/4 in Jay Haide á l'ancienne (please call for availability of smaller sizes in this model)
  • 4/4, Jay Haide á l'ancienne, Baroque model


  • 12 1/4", 13", 14", sizes to 16" in student models
  • 13", 14", and sizes to 16 1/2" in Jay Haide model 101
  • for Jay Haide á l'ancienne model, please call for size availability


  • 1/10 to 4/4 in student models
  • 1/8 to 4/4 in Jay Haide model 101, including 7/8 and small and large 1/2 sizes
  • 4/4 in Jay Haide á l'ancienne model


All outfits include bow, rosin, and case (soft bag for cellos and basses). If you are not sure which size is right for you, we will help you to figure it out. Please start by checking our sizing guide above.

Notes on models:

“Student” instruments are of various makes, including Suzuki, Becker, and others. Some of the cellos are of plywood, as are the least expensive basses. We set them up well, and they are easy to play. However, their tone quality is limited. These instruments are set up with steel strings, such as D’Addario Prelude, and are good for starting out or for school use.

Jay Haide 101: This model is made completely by hand, of finer wood, with attention to detail, giving these instruments a very resonant quality. The violins and violas are set up with good quality synthetic core strings and the cellos are set up with steel core strings of appropriate quality. These instruments are suitable for players of all levels who seek a better tone.

Jay Haide á l'ancienne: This is our finest model in the rental department; these instruments have an especially nice tone and are suitable for more advanced players. The varnish has been antiqued and the wood has been very well chosen for its sound qualities. We often rent these to professional musicians who need a second instrument.

  • 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 carved bass. Please call in advance, especially for smaller sizes.

Rental Sizing

We encourage any student interested in renting an instrument from Ifshin Violin Rentals to call ahead of time so we may hold an instrument for you. We are also happy to help you with sizing.

The process we use at Ifshin Violins to size for violin and viola is to measure the player's outstretched arm from neck to mid palm. This simulates holding the violin under one's chin with the scroll resting in the palm of the hand. Below is the size breakdown according to this method. Calling ahead with this measurement will ensure that we have the appropriate instruments ready for you, though we always check the fit if the student comes into the shop. If you are not sure which models are available in your size, check Instrument Selection below.


Sizes Inches
1/16 14 - 15 1/4
1/10 15 1/4 - 16 7/8
1/8 16 7/8 - 18 1/2
1/4 18 1/2 - 20 1/4
1/2 20 1/4 - 22 1/4
3/4 22 1/4 - 23 5/8
4/4 23 5/8 and up


Viola sizes at Ifshin Violins are determined by the length of the back of the viola in inches (excluding the neck button). Any student measuring less than 21" from neck to palm may request a violin of the proper size strung as a viola.

Sizes Inches
12 1/4 21 - 21 1/2
13 21 1/2 - 23 1/4
14 23 1/4 - 24 3/4
15 24 3/4 - 25 1/2
15 1/2 25 1/2 - 26 1/4
16 26 1/4 and up


We have not yet found a successful method for cello sizing without seeing the student in person. However, please call ahead, since age and height (or your teacher's recommendations) will help to estimate the size the student may need.

We offer cellos in sizes from 1/10 to 4/4. Please note that we have two options available in the 1/2 cello:

  • small 1/2: 24" back (measured from button to endpin)
  • large 1/2: 26" back

Please call us at 510-843-5466 with any questions.

Rental Rates


Student Quality (rates as of February 1st, 2024)

Instrument Price per month
Violin (all sizes) $22
Viola $25
Cello (1/8-1/2 size) $32
Cello (3/4-4/4 size) $42
Bass $90


Jay Haide Model 101

Instrument Price per month
Violin (all sizes) $31
Viola $38
Cello (1/8th-1/2th size) $42
Cello (3/4-4/4 size) $56


Jay Haide a l'ancienne

Instrument Price per month
Violin $42
Viola $48
Cello $75
Bass $115



Instrument Price per month
Violin $55
Viola $60
Cello $85


Please note:

Our contract requires a Visa or Mastercard that is NOT also a debit card. We do charge a security deposit and sales tax on the base rental rate. Please call or email us for more information and to reserve an instrument ahead of time.

You may also download our contract here! It is fillable, and you can email it back to us.