Brown Jazzer

The Brown Jazzer Double Bass is now available. With a solid spruce top, a beautiful chestnut brown varnish, the famous “Ilja Grawert Deluxe setup” and Thomastik Spirocore light strings it is one of the best sounding and easiest playing basses around for only $ 2695.

Restoration: Before & After

This is another successful restoration                          by Ilja Grawert Master Violin Maker

I hope that  the beautiful leather case will be restored in the future.

The bow was not worth restoring.

Bow Collection

Over the last 28 years I have been collecting a number of very nice French, English and German bows. They are valued between AU$2000 – 8000. If you are looking for a high quality bow please contact me on 1800 88 2468 or email me via my contact form.

At Work


The Master Violin Maker at work
The Violin Maker working at the top plate of a new viola

Adjusting the final thickness of a top plate requires  finest skills with very sharp tools and deepest knowledge of the materials you are working with.

¨Blonde Jazzer¨ Double Bass

Blonde Jazzer Double Bass in the Ilja Grawert Bass to Violin shop in Brisbane

The ¨Blonde Jazzer” Double bass is a very beautiful double bass for the Jazz player. It is set-up with the ¨Deluxe Ilja Grawert set-up¨ with all the specs for Jazz music. The Bass has a ringing sound with fantastic sustain. I am aiming this Bass at two groups of people. The professional player who does not want to take their expensive bass to certain gigs, as well as at the starting bassist, who has a certain budget to buy their bass. Both groups get a fantastic bass which can do everything they will need it for. It is great for pizzicato as well as for bowing.

The fingerboard is made of maple solid timber, the tail-piece is made of  boxwood and I use mostly D´Addario Helicore Hybrid strings. These parts combined with a very well made sound body and my deluxe set-up  makes this bass outstanding for only AUS $2295.

Have a look at this bass in my shop

Recent Floods

I had a lot of concerned calls from customers all over Australia wondering if my shop was affected by the recent floods .

Thank you very much for thinking of me and my Violins, but I had no water coming near my shop, workshop and home so everything is fine. I got stressed though and moved all my instruments upstairs, just in case and two days later I could just move them back down no harm done only a delay with all my orders by at least a week.

Thank you for your understanding


Opening Hours update 12-4-11

Hi everyone

I will be on Holidays this week on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. My Shop will be open on Saturday the 16th of April and Tuesday the 19th of April. From the 20th of April until mid May I will be on a business trip up North. Please check my Blog for updates. Please email me for any inquiries to shop(at)   or fill in my contact form. I will see you all back in May


My beautiful violin shop

This afternoon, Ilja Grawerts Brisbane Violin shop is very beautifulI was sitting in my shop drinking coffee and not doing any work, looking around thinking what a beautiful shop this is. I spend the last 9 Years nearly every day here creating violins with fantastic sound, doing restorations to give old violins a new live and having a lot of fun doing so.

Ilja Grawerts Brisbane Violin shopHarp

New Studio Violins finished

These 2 Violins are my last two handmade Studio Violins which I just finished enf of June 2010Here is a Photo of the last two  Studio Violins I finished.  I antiqued the varnish so they do not only sound beautiful but look it as well.

The Ilja Grawert Studio Violins are a special line of instrument handmade in the Violin Makers workshop. They are priced between AUS $ 4,995 to AUS $ 11,000. They are handcrafted after the model of famous Italian, French and German makers and are all varnished with varnishes made with old traditional violin varnish recipes. Through my unique and extensive  knowledge of how the sound of a violin works I fine tune the instruments  sound to a beauty usually only found in much more expensive instruments.

There are no other instruments with these superior features available.

What are the feature which make the Studio Violins so special:

  • outstanding quality
  • extremely beautiful tone
  • even sound over all four strings
  • they speak easy when played
  • the tone carries even to the people of the audience sitting furthest away
  • they are structurally well made
  • the timbers are used are the fine grained European spruce and maple aged for long years.
  • setup for performance on the highest level.

Please come in my shop and try them your self.