Yitamusic is specialized in the production of violins, violas, cellos, double basses and bows. We are located in the string instruments manufacturer centre in Jiangsu, China, about 30% string music instruments in the world are made there. Yitamusic has three violin workshops (Liuxi workshop, Ma Zhibin workshop, Xuxin workshop, named by leading violin makers), one bow workshop (Yin Guohua bow workshop) and two manufacturer centres, along with several allied factories, which produce accessories such as cases, parts etc..
Yitamusic thanks each and every one of you for your support and your business. These are our commitments to you:
- We will provide the best products at the best prices. Behind the scenes, the normal industry chain of maker to importer to wholesaler to retail shop effectively trebles the price of an instrument. We make them and supply them directly to you.
- We have strong ability to do customized orders. Please feel free to contact us if you want to have personalized instruments or bows.
- We will not share your personal information. We don't sell our list and we don't do outbound telemarketing.
- We have our 30/365 guarantee. You may return anything you buy from us within 30 days for a full refund (except special orders, installed strings. Please see return policy for details). Anything that proves defective in materials or workmanship in the first year may be returned for refund or exchange (except strings).
All friends and customers are welcome to contact us for business cooperation.
Yitamusic has three violin workshop centres ( Liuxi workshop, Ma Zhibin workshop, Xuxin workshop, named by leading violin makers) and one bow workshop (Yin Guohua bow workshop). Our makers are well respected and frequently praised for the high quality of their work.
LIUXI WORKSHOP----A master maker specialized in violin, viola, cello and double bass making. Liuxi was a professor in The Music Institute of Shanghai
MA ZHIBIN WORKSHOP ----A master maker specialized in violin, viola, cello and double bass making. Ma Zhibin was involved in violin making since he was 16 years old and has gone to Italian to study Violin making for 3 years
XUXIN WORKSHOP ----A master maker specialized in violin, viola making. Xuxin was the first chair of Jiangsu Orchestra team
YIN GUOHUA BOW WORKSHOP----A master bow maker specialized in making violin, viola, cello and double bass bows. Yin Guohua has been a bow maker for over 30 years
Intruments Quality Classifiction
Yitamusic has three violin workshop centres -- Liuxi workshop, Ma Zhibin workshop, Xuxin workshop, named by leading violin makers. Accordingly, we have three series instruments:
T series---Liuxi workshop,
Five Quality Levels
M series---Mazhibin workshop,
X series---Xuxin workshop.
The three series are related to each workshop, don't represent quality levels.
Yitamusic instruments are devided into five quality levels:
Student level---The student level are for beginning players and have good playability and affordability.
Standard level---This level is for advanced students or players.
Advanced level----This is our mainly products range and is for advanced players to professional.
Fine advanced level---This is our top quality products range and is for top players and professionals.
Master made-----This is our best quality products range and is for professionals and solo players.
For different quality level, we are focused on improving the following aspects:
The Interpretation of Model Name
- Great quality selected tonewoods
- Consistently outstanding hand craftsmanship
- High quality standards of traditional varnishes
- Quality accessories. Fingerboard, strings, bridges, parts, soundpost
We are introducing new model names for our instruments,
1) The first character M represents MODEL.
2) The second character represents the instrument types.
3) The first digit represents quality level.
4) The remaining three digits represent different instrument models.
The following is a table taking violin as example lists the new model name verse the old ones. So our old customers can easily get to know the products.
The last character after dash represents workshop.
M------Ma Zhibin workshop product.
Bows Quality Classification
YITAMUSIC Pernambuco Bows
Yitamusic pernambuco bows have three quality levels, see details in the following tables. Our standard for pernambuco stick is high. Those sticks don't meet our requirements are downgraded to brazilwood bow. Therefore this model is not for beginners, but for advanced players and upwards.
|Advanced Model||Top Model||Master Model
|"A" Level Pernambuco
The perfect pernambuco bow for professional music school students. This model has the best price performance. Well made pernambuco stick, often fitted with sterling silver (occasionally with nickel silver), with an affordable price.
|"AA" Level Pernambuco |
This model suits advanced player, and can be a desirable backup bow for the professional. In general, they have good straight grain, good stiffness, good control, easy bounce and response.
|Very Limited. Only a few bows are made each year. This is due to master's limited energy and extremely strictly bow stick choice standard. If you are musician or collector, these items may suit you. Buyers may need to book in front (about one or two months early) if they want a customised master bow.
Pernambuco, air dry density: 1.0-1.2, grows in Brazil. It is well known as the best wood for string instruments bow making. Master luthiers can use B quality spruce and maple to produce A (Top) quality violins. But it is different in bow making, A good bow relies more on good quality bow wood than the technique and experience of makers. Pernambuco has best dense and flexible characters to meet the requirements of modern bows. But it is now a endangered species. Pernambuco trade is prohibited by the authority of Brazil. For bow makers, the only source is their existing stocks.
The stock of our pernambuco wood is limited. Therefore, we respect every pernambuco stick, and put extra care in crafting. The quality of pernambuco varies a lot. The low quality is categorized in brazilwood bow. Only 10% is suitable for high quality bow making. A good pernambuco bow should have no knots, and the grain should be thin and straight. For high quality pernambuco bows, there is no "best" bow, but a "right" bow. Same bow often sings differently on the same instrument by different players. Some players like flexible bows, and generate loud sound using high speed. Some fancy bows with great strength, and they like to use a lot pressure to get loud sound. It totally depends on player's taste. For Top Model and Master Model, we take pictures for every individual bow, and provide our feeling about this bow. It will be helpful for you to buy a right bow.
YITAMUSIC Snakewood Bow Series
Yitamusic snakewood bows have three quality levels, see details in the following tables. Our standard for snakewood stick is high. Those sticks don't meet our requirements are discarded. Therefore this model is not for beginners, but for advanced players and upwards.
|Advanced Model||Top Model||Master Model
|"A" or "AA" Level Snakewood
The perfect snakewood bow for professional music school students. This model has the best price performance. Well made snakewood stick, often fitted with sterling silver (occasionally with nickel silver), with an affordable price.
|"AAA" Level Snakewood |
This model suits advanced player, and can be a desirable backup bow for the professional. The bows in this model are all selected bows. In general, they have impressive snakewood figures, good stiffness, good control and response.
|Very Limited. Only a few bows are made each year. This is due to master's limited energy and extremely strictly bow stick choice standard. It is often in baroque or transitional model, with mammoth ivory frog. If you are musician or collector, these items may suit you. Buyers may need to book in front (about one or two months early) if they want a customised master bow.
Snakewood (Letterwood), air dry density: 1.2-1.4, the heaviest wood known in the world. It only grows in a few countries in South America, such as Suriname, Guiana and Brazil. The snakewood from Suriname has the best quality. For baroque and viola de gamba bows, snakewood is the most popular choice. We started to use it for modern bow making several years ago. The feedbacks from customers are fine. Since its density is so high, a modern style snakewood bow is very often over heavy.
Snakewood tends to have many cracks during the air dry processing. Therefore, snakewood used for bow making should be absolutely dry, otherwise, the bow will get some cracks sooner or later. We imported 5 tons of snakewood logs from Suriname six years ago. All the bow blanks we used have been well air dried . About half of raw bow blanks will get cracks during the air dry processing and have been discarded by us. Although it seems a bit wasting, it is the only way to guarantee the quality of finished snakewood bows.
YITAMUSIC Carbon Bow Series
Yitamusic carbon bows has three levels, with details shown in the following tables.
|Advanced Model||Top Model||Master Model
|The perfect carbon bow for professional music school students. This model has the best price performance. Well made carbon fiber stick, often fitted with nickel silver, with an affordable price.
|This model suits advanced player, and can be a desirable backup bow for the professional. This model has texture carbon stick. The setup is done by one maker from the beginning till the end.
||If you are a professional player, this model may suit you. Only strictly selected silver carbon stick will be used for this model. Of course, All fittings use sterling silver. The setup is very carefully done by master makers.
Carbon bows have many advantages. The stick is hard, and never twist, never broke. Suitable players can be range from beginners to professionals. However, it is too hard sometimes, and lack resilience. To overcome this draw back, we have used several types of carbon thread during making the carbon sticks. Some carbon thread is soft, while some carbon thread is hard. To precisely control the percentage of the soft carbon thread ratio, we can control the property of the stiffness/resilience of carbon stick. Therefore, our carbon bows are not too hard, and have good resilience. Your feedback is important to us, if most of the user still feel hard, we can increase the resilience furthermore. For large quantity orders, we can customaries the stiffness/resilience ratio.
Reviews and Testimonials
|"Hallo - On the 27th of June 2007 I was fortunate to win an amazing M19 violin.------Today , after so many months, I have to tell you that it is a marvelous instrument - it seems to echo my emotions and feelings. I also have a Stentor Elysee, a La Prevotte  and a Sindelar. The M19 [Zabin Ma] is a beautiful instrument, an excellent piece of craftmanship and it has a rich sound. I would recommend it to advanced musicians. I have no doubt that Chinese violins are very well made and can sing if the violinist is able to sing !! Kind regards"
||--- Albertus Meyer
|"the instrument arrived and I now have it set-up and working. It is a beautiful and great sounding instrument and the bow is one of the best I have used. I am deeply impressed"
|"Many thanks for this nice and characterful instrument and the other pieces. Wonderful flamed maple the top spruce is a dream, narrow yearlines, the finish is very nice and warm in character. Tone of this Instrument is clear and warm. I think, with my lovely strings a wonderful violin. If i play this any time i mean the tone to become better and beautiful.
Many thank to your workers in our manufakturing violin workshop for masterpieces.
Many thanks for your patience and help for my worry with the custom.
best wishes for you from a friend in germany."
|"Please give my regards to Master Mazibin. I play a 7/8 cello from hin.
All people here are very surprised, because this smal cello has so a big
sound. Moore then all the 4/4 celli. And the sound is very nice.
Please tell me, how I can send the bow back to you and what we make
With the best regards,"
|"yesterday arrived your bow parcel. Thanks for this excellent bows. Especially I am surprised about the Africa Blackwood bows. It is a real alternative to cheaper pernambuco bows, to buy such bows! Strong an well playable!"