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After 28 Years being a Violin Maker serving professionals as well as intermediate and beginning players I still love to make and to restore violins.

Please contact me in my Brisbane Shop or Mail/Phone order on:
Freecall 1800 88 2468

Where to find us:

20 Logan Rd Woolloongabba Brisbane QLD 4102  PH:1800 88 2468

OPENING HOURS: Tue-Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10 am - 2.30pm Sun & Mon closed

ample parking

5 min from city!           3 min over Story bridge !

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¨I love making violins sound good¨

Welcome to the Brisbane Violin shop of

Ilja Grawert. Ilja Grawert Brisbane Violin shop in Woolloongabba

You will find better Violins, Violas, Celli and Double basses, as well as Bows, Sheet Music, Accessories.

World class restoration and repairs

Right here at your doorstep in Woolloongabba Brisbane

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From the 12th of July 2010 I will be on a one week vacation.

My shop will be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that week.

Ilja's Story

Brisbane Master Violin Maker at his work bench in the violin shopHaving been born into the tradition of violin making, Ilja decided at 15 to become a violin maker. At 18 he began his apprenticeship (1982-1986) at Geigenbau Machold in Bremen, Germany, where he had the opportunity to study under some of Europe's best violin makers.
After receiving his qualifications, he established his own workshop in Germany, concentrating on the making of new instruments & restoration. He remained an independent artisan after migrating to Brisbane in 1994.

Ilja now has a shop in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. He caters to beginners and advanced students, as well as professionals, with backgrounds in not only classical education but also folk, jazz, and other types of music. His main workshop is located above his shop, but during opening hours, he prefers to do the finer work at a workbench in his shop window. He welcomes the chance to chat with anyone interested in the art of violin making, and is happy for people to watch while he works.
     “Apart from selling the full range of bowed stringed instruments, strings, accessories and print music, we do repairs,restorations, making of new instruments and setups in my workshop.
Ilja Grawert in his Brisbane Violin shopViolin shop leftViolin shop right

     “Looking back on 25 years of experience in serving beginners and professionals, I cannot stress enough that it is essential to play a well setup instrument. Even though it is very beautiful to play a valuable instrument, the quality of the instrument is often not as crucial as the quality of the setup.
A well setup cheaper instrument will serve you better than an expensive one with a bad setup. I have seen many kids give up because they or their parents thought that they were not gifted at the violin. Very often these kids didn't stand a chance because their instruments were unplayable. A so called “professional” setup is not always good enough (Any person earning money assembling instruments can call it a professional setup whether or not they know what they are doing).
Violin Maker Ilja Grawert planing a rib in his workshop in Brisbane AustraliaIlja Grawert Violin Maker cutting a Violin bridgeIlja Grawert Violin maker planes a Violin ribIlja Grawert Violin Maker cutting a Violin BridgeIlja Grawert Violin Maker cutting a Violin bridge

     “Every violin needs work on the peg, nut, fingerboard, bridge, soundpost, tailpiece and very often the strings need to be upgraded for good sound. In my shop every instrument gets anywhere between ¾ of an hour and 8 hours of setup work done before it is offered for sale.

     “When your child begins playing the violin, viola, cello or double bass, it is important to start building up a relationship of trust between you, your child and a violin maker, just as you do with your family doctor. From day one, the setup, as well as the individual fitting to the right sized instrument, the choice of chin rest, and good shoulder rest adjustments can make all the difference as to whether your child continues playing or gives up out of frustration. Inadequate attention to any of these areas can result in shoulder and back pain, as well as negative feelings toward the violin.

     “When you come to visit my shop please bring some extra time with you. We always try to take our time to educate you, and we like you to take your time to make the right decision. Please always bring your child/children with you to select an instrument, for individual fitting, as well as for a little 10 minute lecture in “ How to look after your instrument”.

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Weekly Wisdom

Violin strings last longer than guitar strings.

Depending on your frequency and duration of practice they can last between ½ a year up to 1 ½ years.

They do not only end their life when they break.

When they start sounding dull they need to be changed.

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