Well deserved holidays

From tomorrow the 31st of January 2014 until the 9th of February I will be camping with my Family. I will be available for appointments again on Monday the 10th of February 2014

Have a beautiful week

Ilja

Appointments

Finally my 1800 88 2468 phone number is working again. It makes you realize how much a business depends on its phone. On the upside it gave me some uninterrupted time at the workbench.

I am open for appointments on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. Please fill in the contact form or call on

Ph: 1800 88 2468 or 0437 88 2468

during business hours.

See you soon

Ilja

Phone Number

Dear Musicians

If you would like to contact me in the next few days, the best Phone number would be my Mobile 0437 88 2468 or through my contact form.

I am porting my 1800 88 2468 number to a different carrier (so far it is not working). There seems to be a delay in doing so without interruption.

Kind Regards

Ilja

Weekly wisdom 30

Clean your violin every time after playing with your microfibre cleaning cloth.

If you clean your violin everyday after playing you will save money

  1. your strings will last longer
  2. your bridge will stay straight longer
  3. the violin does not need to be professionally cleaned by a violin maker as often
  4. the bridge feet are less likely to get stuck on the varnish, better sound for longer
  5. you will always enjoy your violn more, which means you play more and have more fun

By appointment only

In the Workshop of Ilja Grawert Master Violin makerI decided to concentrate on my profession as a Violin Maker and spend more time in the workshop doing what I do best: manufacturing, restoring,repairing and improving the sound and playability of bowed stringed instruments— simply being a professional craftsman.

My Shop will be, by appointment only for Sales, Quotes and Repairs from the 1st of June 2011. Please call 1800 88 2468 or contact me via my form.


Beautiful Violin

One of my beautiful studio violins build here in my Brisbane workshop

One of my beautiful studio violins build here in my Brisbane workshop

Have a look at this beautiful Violin. The ¨Studio Violin¨ is a line of violins, custom build, sound improved and varnished here in my Brisbane/Woolloongabba Workshop. Its performance and beauty will exceed your expectation. Please call me  today   on PH 1800 88 2468 or visit my shop for more information or for trial playing it here in my Brisbane Violin shop at 20 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba , QLD 4102

My shop hours are usually Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 10am – 2.30pm. Please do always check for updates on the hours here in my blog.

Weekly Wisdom 27

Too much Rosin?

If you are playing for 1/2 an hour every day you only need to rosin your bow once a week.

If you use too much rosin on your bow all it will do is make your instrument and strings more dirty with rosin dust, as well as create a scratchy sound and will give you a hissing noise when using the full length of the bow. How can you check if you are using too much rosin: Just flick through the bow hair with your thumb and if there is a big cloud of dust coming out so you are forced to take a step back to breathe, that is definitely too much rosin. Don´t use any for a few weeks. If there is only a very small cloud coming out, that should be right then.

So please only rosin your bow once a week if you are playing 1/2 an hour a day or if you are playing one hour a day, rosin it twice a week etc.

Appointments

I will not be available for appointments this coming week(18th – 23rd of July). Please go to my contact page and send me an email so we can make an appointment for the week starting on the 25th of July 2011.

‘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.