From janet griffiths
Posted November 8, 2005 at 12:00 AM
Since then I've noticed that the quality of the fittings has gone down and the prices have gone up. They're still excellent for the price, I think. I have to say, my violin sounded a lot better than their more expensive model, so I don't know what's up with that...
But, I must say I am not overly impressed with the appearance. The scroll looks weak, and the antique look is overdone.
Hopefully, its sound and responsiveness will more than make up for is appeance shorfalls.
To be truthful, when I first opened the box last week, I was a little disappointed with the appearance. But both the appearance and sound have really grown on me over the last week.
My Roth has been valued at $4,500 to $6,500. I think I like the Jay Haide better.
BTW, this instrument was purchased on a trial basis through Johnson Strings. They were great to work with.
I had the great opportunity to play at least 70 Jay Haide instruments at Robert Cauer Violins last week. This was done due to my search for an inexpensive instrument that sounded similar to my venerable Cappa and/or S. Klotz violins because I wanted something less expensive that I could feel safe with doing outdoor playing etc. After a few days of going back and forth and actually playing some really nice Italian instruments at the shop, I was amazed at the tone and consistency of the Haide violins there. I took a couple of them home to try out along with a few nice older German and Italian instruments. I asked my musician friends to listen to the sound when I played and it was an amazing thing that all of them preferred the Haide to ANYTHING in my collection! It played very strong and quite loud with great projection. But better still was that I could play really soft passages letting the bow's weight alone control the tone and it never sounded washed out or "fuzzy".
Anyone reading this should know that I'm SUPER picky where sound quality is concerned, and I have to say that the Haide I picked out was a "have to have" instrument! Amazing what's going on in the Chinese instruments today vs. 5 or so years ago!
Whenever it is acceptable to them (or their paying parents) I take a new student across the bridge to Jay Ifshin's shop in El Cerrito (he moved from Berkeley last year) to select a Jay-Haide violin (or cello), usually to rent (for now).
The small- size Jay-Haide instruments have been particularly remarkable. Perhaps that is because I get a chance to audition and select what I think is the best in the store at the time. I have had students with all the smaller sizes (1/8, 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4). I have gained the opinion that the smaller-size violins can be so good, because they come in only one price, and so even the best are in that group rather than being upgraded. When I get to the full-size, my tendency would be to go with the highest price ones, which are now getting most of the shop's attention for details and innovation.
Personally, I do not own any Jay-Haide violins, but I have played some (and violas too) and if I had the money (or the need) I would certainly consider buying one (but I already have full violin cases stacked up in one closet, with some instruments that have compared well enough with at least one real Strad and one Andrea Guarneri).
I have bought two Jay-Haide cellos, including my current a l'ancienne Rugieri model. When I bought each of the cellos, I also tried (not for purchase, just for comparison) others that ranged in price from 10 to 20 times the cost of the cello I bought and thought I was getting the better instrument at the lower price. I have played better cellos (well, at least one) but now you're talking an ancient instrument at least 50 -100 times the price, although a good top quality hand maker, would probably provide more instrument for about 8 - 10 times the price ($40K - $50K) - and probably true for the violins as well.
If I may ask a few questions. Could you tell me which specific Jay Haide models you tried? Were they Strad copies, Guarneri copies? Do you know if they were the regular $2400 versions with chinese woods or the $3400 "special" models with the European woods?
I am glad you have such a good violin, I have never heard a bad comment about Jay Haide l'ancienne model. The only thing I would change on it is to put full oil varnish, because I think they use spirit varnish on them, is it?
I have no idea about the varnish, They certainly use interesting techniques to give it the worn look. Also the inlays are in real, not painted. In my last post I said considering purchasing, I just wanted to update and let the forum know I am in fact going to purchase the instrument..
These are my 2 Jay Haide l'ancienne violins both Guarneri. One of them I replaced the fittings. I don't like how they antiqued them but both sound amazing! The back looks like someone use sand paper on it.
Is there an option of ordering a Jay Haide violin that is not antiqued? It does seem that many people like the instruments but not crazy about the antique finishes.
I agree, tone it's what really counts, but it looks like it has been dragged behind car.
Sorry I took so long to respond. Haven't visited here for a long time.
The one I got is the l'ancienne Strad model for $2400.00. After almost a year with it, it has not disappointed me one bit. Just for kicks from the NAMM show, I took home a few quite nice European and Chinese violins to test out. Some of these were well over $15K (The European ones). A blind test with friends yielded the same result. The Haide was almost 90 percent preferred.
I have a few responses to some of your questions and concerns about the Haide instruments, based on the knowledge given to me by a staff of my local strings shop (The Sound Post, Toronto, ON)
In the market for a viola, i was able to try a Haide without the old style look. The instrument was cheaper and had no where near comparable sound to the Haides with the old look. The "Antique Varnish" was developed by the company that makes the instrument, to create an older, fuller sound then the instruments without the varnish.
However, I personally do not recommend purchasing chinese Haide instruments, as the wood is poor quality on the instrument, as ive been told by teachers, local luthiers ect... The wood does not last as long as it would on a different instrument. The construction of the wood is to thin, creating a good sound at first, but the sound of the instrument will not improve, infact could possibly become worse. Its all a way to get customers purchasing more instruments from them.
My twon cents based on information from experts ive speaken to.
Kirk, thanks for the response. I ended up buying the Jay Haide Special model with the European wood. It is a Guarneri copy. The range of color and overtones that I dig out of this intrument are amazing on all 4 stings and in almost every position.
I also, like you, went to a few local shops and compared it to instruments in the 10k to 12k price range and preferred the Jay Haide. My teacher, at every lesson, plays on my violin for 2 to 3 minutes and always says the same thing in a thick Russian accent, very good instrument.
One thing I have noticed is that over the last year, the volume of the instrument has gotten quite a bit lounder than I would like. I only know that it is very loud under the ear, not sure what it is like from a dozen or more feet away, this is the only thing I don't like about it. I may switch out the strings from the current Evah Pirazzi strings I have on there and look for something with a softer sound but I'd hate to lose the wonderful color that I get out of those strings.
In my violin search, I auditioned three JH L'Ancienne instruments: a Chinese Strad model, a Chinese Guarneri model, and a Special edition (Euro wood) Balestrieri model. By far, the Balestrieri had the best tone, darker than the other two but richer. My impression was that each was better than anything else I tried in their price range. I really didn't mind the heavy antiquing either. I only found them lacking in the upper registers, higher positions on the G and D, but perhaps tweaking the setup would have helped. In the end, I ended up selecting a more expensive older instrument, simply because it spoke to me in a way the others did not, but I have no doubt the JH instruments will mature quite well. Good luck & enjoy!
I own one of these, and it's a fantastic instrument.
I can get a rich, well articulated, and darker sound out of the violin. I can also get an impressive amount of volume, especially when in a hall. I have a recording of myself playing a beethoven romance on my JH violin, and it has a most beautiful, warm tone. I also hate the antiqueing, but I paid for the violin because it sounded good and played quite well. I got it from an American Luthier and violin maker, Kieta Boguslaw. I paid about $2,400, which I consider outstandingly cheap for how good the instrument is.
I've noticed that when I let others play it, they aren't as good at getting a good sound out of it, but for me it is very easy to play with a great tone. I suppose I'm used to it.
Here's the recording. Forgive my errors, I can't be perfect at a live performance.
Hi I am interested in getting a haide l'ancienne violin, do they have a good resale value? From all the reviews, I hear that they are considered amazing for the price range. They sounded nice at the store, but I am just starting the violin again after many years of absence. Also, what kind of bow and strings work well with the instrument? For me, i am interested in playing for fun, maybe if I get back into things, then I will get lessons.
I own a Jay Haide a l´ancienne violin and I ´m absoluteley convinced of it´s tone quality and craftmanship of the makers. I understand the different statements concerning antiquing. Some items are very well made some others make me shudder, too. But please think of some old Italian masters who made their instruments in the "used style" and that not even good. My dealer sees no difference between the items with European or Asian wood. The items with Asian wood have tops of Swiss wood and it´s not too thin. I tried an old Mittenwald viola 4000 € worth but I decide myself for a Jay Haide Strad model. Even a French violin (24000 €) got not such a good sound as my violin. I recommend them.
To Dave's question about resell value.. I've bought, sold and painstakingly researched violins in the 1000-3000 range in my short 2 years of playing (bit of a gearhead here). I believe the Haide's hold their value (from new) about as good as any in this range which is to say not great.. I have seen quite a few of Haide's top models at 1-4 years old reselling at prices between $1000-1500. Many asking for $1700-2000 originally but not getting it.
My current fiddle which my teacher and I are literally in love with is a Frederick Wyss. It's retail is around $3k new (of which we'd argue it's worth every penny a couple of times over). It's a 2007 and I grabbed it on a best offer on ebay for $1400. I had been waiting almost 2 years for one to become available at my price point and I was not disappointed. These examples and the other's I've seen lead me to believe that, at least at the violin size, the well known 'good' advanced student / semi-pro brands / models are going to resell at around 1/2 the price of new. So if you're likely to move through instruments a good bit then, IMO it's imparative to 'buy right' although there are certainly other considerations and sometimes the opportunity to strike the right deal financially isn't completely without some degree of risk, much of which can be mitigated by doing your best to be an informed consumer..
Hope this helps!
What I can tell you from the 104 model I have, is that it is a very nice sounding instrument. Me and my teacher tried out what they have for $1,500 and both agreed the Jay Haide, for $1,300 had the best qualities. Where our view points skewed was on a $1,800 violin that had ~50 years on it compared to the new and relatively new ones that were in my budget. My teacher liked how it had a bigger and fuller bottom end on it and I liked the sweeter and brighter high end on the Haide. Under the ear they both were pretty similar but from across the room the differences were more apparent. My teacher checked out all the notes down the fingerboard on every string, the higher positions and for wolves and then gave it her seal of approval. Even now during my lessons we can both can really notice the overtones resonating easily and beautifully.
What I love about my Jay Haide 104 - the resonance! Even for brand new, this thing can resonate really, really well. It came strung up with dominants that sounded well on it for the first couple of weeks. It is a bright instrument but after a couple of weeks it went brighter. I got it strung with obligatos and now its back to were I like and even better. The overtones from the obligatos and its high resonance match up beautifully and for its price, could not be happier at all.
Good luck with your à l'ancienne! I hope it plays to your liking.
PS - if that one you receive isnt as well as you thought it would be, you may want to see if they have another one for you to try out. The first 104 I tried was way too bright and asked if they had any others. They brought out 2 other ones that were at an ideal brightness level where I eventually picked the one I have now.
At the same time I was also trying out other fine contemporary european makers including quite a few cremonese and one knock-your-socks-off violin by Michael Koeberling. l'ancienne, in comparison, has less focused to the tone, and lacking in bass side of the tone, and seems much less forgiving in controlling the dynamics.
It was a short 15mins test drive though, as far as my first impression goes, you're getting what you pay for, but definitely decent for the asking price.
The only thing is that it seems to have a limited range of colours. Also extremely hard to get a solid ppp on it but both could be me and my technique - can't blame it all on the violin.
All in all, a very nice violin for its price-range, I reckon that I would need to break the 5-figure to get something to top this one.
@Richard - I say go for the obligatos. They pair up wonderfully on my 104. Or wait a couple of weeks and see if it brightens up a bit like mine did, then maybe the obligatos will seem more worth it (they really are worth it IMO)
It really makes me wonder what these instruments will sound like once they hit +10 year mark and +50 year mark. Im sure they would mellow out and be even more of a fantastic instruments. I cant wait until mine gets older!
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