PS/ 120 NEW ‘Jay Haide’ 16″ viola. Maggini model. Sound sample.
PS/ 120 NEW ‘Jay Haide’ 16″ viola. Maggini model. Handmade Chinese-American. Labelled: ‘A L ‘ancienne, Ifshin violins, El Cerito ′. Instrument only. With Kaplan Amo strings.
Professional player comment: ‘Beautiful, bright singing tone. Projects well across all ranges. Resonant and responsive.’
Front with wide grain spruce. Body length length of 40.5 cms. Two-piece maple back with wide grain and tight figure. Ebony fittings with a Wittner tailpiece. Amber–brown varnish. Body length: 40.5 cms. String length: 36.5cms.
Back in 1992, Jay Ifshin, master violin maker and owner of Ifshin Violins, in Berkeley. California became frustrated with the inconsistent quality of the new instruments. He felt that it would be possible to establish a workshop to make consistently high quality instruments that he could offer at a more attractive price than anything he could purchase through a supplier or even directly from the maker. Haide Lin had been Jay’s shop foreman in Berkeley for several years. He trained as a violin maker in Guangzhou, China and was already a master-maker, when he arrived in America.. The name Jay Haide was chosen as a combination of the founder’s names.
The Jay Haide workshop is organized very much like the great workshops in Mirecourt, France in the mid 19th to mid 20th centuries. Companies such as Thibouville-Lamy, Laberte, Collin-Mezin and others were famous for high quality stringed instruments and in their workshops individual craftsmen were highly-skilled specialists at tasks such as carving scrolls, bending ribs and varnishing etc.