No unfortunately the instrument isn't old - but
what must be fooling you is the fine varnish that has been skilfully
applied to give a patina of age that is so desirable by both musicians
and connoisseurs alike.
Yes - that's right. The instrument is the model
L'Ancienne or antique model and the marks and wear that you may
see on an older instrument have been skilfully reproduced.
It has been developed over several years by the
well-renowned American Company - Ifshin Violins of Berkeley, California
in collaboration with master European luthiers.
All Jay Haide instruments are completely hand carved
and graduated from quality seasoned spruce and flamed-maple and
have a tone quality and workmanship that is normally found in instruments
costing many times more.
The model is a modern French (Quenoil) with sloping
upper shoulders, a full-width lower bout and a well proportioned
The sound of this instrument really is as good as
it looks. The tone is one of fullness and there is a responsiveness
that will absolutely delight both orchestral players and jazzers.
The instrument has been designed with the advanced
student - semi-professional in mind but quite honestly if you're
on a budget then this instrument represents unbeatable value for
The Contrabass Shoppe thoroughly recommends this
instrument because it is well built, has gorgeous looks, plays
and sounds like a dream and is priced way, way too low.
LOB (length of back) - 112.0cm (44.15in)
Width across upper bouts - 47.0cm (18.50in)
Width across middle bouts - 34.2cm (13.50in)
Width across lower bouts - 65.2cm (25.65in)
Depth of lower ribs inc both plates- 22.9cm (9.00in)
Body Stop - 60.2cm (23.70in)
String length - 105.8cm (41.65in)