Biggs Violin shop is proud to offer the Jay Haide line of violins, violas and cellos. Unlike many instruments in this price range (3K to 5K) all Jay Hide instruments are completely hand-made of quality seasoned maple and spruce and have tonal quality and workmanship normally found in those costing much more. Jay Haide provides instruments only to established string instrument dealers (violin shops) that maintain a staff of Master Violin Makers doing repairs, restorations and set-up of stringed instruments. To ensure the best tone quality, every Jay Haide instrument sold by Biggs Violin comes with a Richard Biggs set-up and adjustment.
The Jay Haide à l'ancienne violins, violas and cellos are brought to you after years of development with the collaboration of Master Luthiers known for the fine warmish technique. The varnish is carefully applied and beautifully antiqued giving each instrument the patina of age so desired by both musicians and connoisseurs. And, they are as beautiful tonally as they are visually. The Jay Haide à l'ancienne instrument has been designed for the advanced player who needs an instrument that will compliment and enhance their artistic style.
At this time, Biggs Violin Shop is offering marvelous Jay Haide reproductions of Stradivari and Quarneri violins. In the near future, copies of a fine Tommaso Balestrieri will be added to our collection. Tommaso Balestrieri worked form about 1720 to 1772 and is considered one of the finest Italian makers of the Golden Era.
We invite you to visit our Shop and play one of these remarkable instruments. We usually have a good selection to choose from in stock (but they do sell out rather quickly). We believe you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the tremendous quality that can be had in this price range.
Biggs Violin Shop is located in historic downtown Porter, in Northwest Indiana.