‘Lady Blunt’ sells for £9.8m

The 1721 ‘Lady Blunt’, one of the best-preserved Stradivari violins in existence, was sold yesterday in a Tarisio online auction for £9.8m ($15.9m). The figure, which includes the buyer’s premium (the hammer price was £8,750,000), is over four times the previous auction record for a Stradivari violin. The buyer was an anonymous bidder who won a 90-minute bidding battle with one other bidder.

Lady Blunt Stradivari Violin
All the proceeds from the sale will go to the Nippon Foundation’s Northeastern Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Kazuko Shiomi, president of the Nippon Music Foundation, which put the ‘Lady Blunt’, one of the treasures of its stringed instrument collection, up for sale, said: ‘While this violin was very important to our collection, the needs of our fellow Japanese people after the March 11 tragedy have proven that we all need to help, in any way we can. The donation will be put to immediate use on the ground in Japan.

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)grawert.com.au   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