PS/ 94 ‘Premier Select’ Jay Haide 16″ viola. Sound sample


New Jay Haide ‘A l’ancienne 16″ viola. Handmade Magginni Model from China. Dominant strings with a back length of 40.4 cm. Labelled: ‘Modèle artistique a ‘ancienne’ Jay Haide, Ifshin violins, El Cerito 2019′. Instrument only. Soundsample.

Well-made viola. Two-piece maple back with wide grain and tight figure. Spruce front with wide grain. Ebony fittings with a Wittner tailpiece. Amber – brown varnish. With the stop length of 36.6 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 beacme 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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