PS/ 137 NEW Jay Haide 104 4/4 Violin. Sound sample.


NEW PS/ 137 Jay Haide 104 Violin. Labelled ” Jay Haide , Ishfin Violins, El Cerrito, Ca, 2021.With Thomastik Dominant Pro strings.

Professional player comment: ‘Good strong palette of tone colours, similar to antique violin. Bright but with great depth of sound.’

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Back and sides of flamed aged maple. Spruce front. With golden orange varnish of a softer texture.

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.

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