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⅞ Jay Haide á l’ancienne

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About Jay Haide:

Since its introduction twenty years ago, the à l’ancienne violins have become the flagship of the Jay Haide fleet. They are envied and copied by other makers, but as much as they have tried, none have come close to equalling them. Some have gone so far as to put facsimile labels of well-known French and Italian makers in our instruments and selling them at much-inflated prices. One of our à l’ancienne violins was even given a certificate of authenticity from a well-known expert as an early 20th century Italian violin with an insurance appraisal for $26,000.00! Because of this, every one of the à l’ancienne violin, viola, cello and bass now has a series of brands inside and out to deter the copyists.

With use and playing, fine old string instruments develop the patina of age over the decades and centuries that master violin makers have attempted to emulate, even as early as the late 17th century. By the mid 19th century, makers like Jean Baptiste Vuillaume and Georges Chanot in Paris had developed a high degree of skill in re-creating the effects of time and use in his violins. In following that tradition, each Jay Haide l’ancienne instrument is carefully and painstakingly hand varnished to emulate the appearance of a fine old Stradivari or Guarneri violin. First we re-create the colour, texture and patina of the golden ground coat. To that we add our beautiful golden orange varnish in a pattern simulating the wear and use found in the great classic old instruments. In order to do that we have provided our luthiers with fine old Italian and French instruments so that they can be studied while they are working. It is this attention to detail that has made our l’ancienne instruments in demand around the world.

About the violin:
Stradavari model
Ebony pegs
Dominant Strings
Ebony tailpiece with E string fine adjuster (Wittner Tailpiece with four fine tuners also available)
Professionally fitted A-grade Despiau bridge

How does it sound?
An even sound with a good tonal range and projection. A maturity often found in violins hundred times the age!

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