Ilja Grawert

Ilja Grawert
Ilja Grawert
Entertainment-WOOLLOONGABBA, QLD
Entertainment-Woolloongabba, QLD
Welcome to the Ilja Grawert Brisbane Double Bass to Violin shop in Australia. In my shop you will find the most beautiful sounding Double Basses, Celli,Violas and Violins available. Please c..
20 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, Qld, 4102.
20 Logan Rd, Woolloongabba, Qld, 4102.
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Welcome to the Ilja Grawert Brisbane Double Bass to Violin shop in Australia. In my shop you will find the most beautiful sounding Double Basses, Celli,Violas and Violins available. Please come and try for yourself.
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.
     â€œApart 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.

     â€œLooking 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).
     â€œEvery 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.

     â€œWhen 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.

     â€œWhen 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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