PS4/ 93 ‘Premier Select 4 star’ Jay Haide L’Ancienne Violin. Sound sample.
Jay Haide L’Ancienne Violin. Back length of 35.5 cm. Labelled ‘Modele artistique a l’ancienne Jay Haide Ifshin Violins El Cerrito 2018‘. With Larsen Virtuoso strings.
Well-made violin. Two-piece maple back with fine grain, and tight figure. Spruce front with fine grain. Ebony fittings. Red/ orange varnish. Stop length of 32.6 cm.
Our suppliers regularly visit us with limited series of “specials” or “reserve” quality instruments for us to inspect and purchase. Each instrument is unique with individual character and we have the opportunity to select the best from what is on offer where we are satisfied that the quality. These instruments bear our own label as a statement of our belief in the quality of this instrument.
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.