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
This afternoon, I 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.
Here 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.
Did you know that not all the pains you have playing a Double Bass, Viola, Violin, Cello are your fault?
Some of the reasons for muscle tightness and other pains which can be instrument related:
1. too hollow fingerboard 2. wrong fingerboard curve 3. sound setup not properly done, instrument does not speak as easy as it should 4. too high bridge or wrong bridge curve 5. too high nut or uneven spacing of the grooves 6. wrong tension strings 7. bad bow re-hair 8. wrong choice of bow 9. the settings and choice of the chin rest and shoulder rest
I just cleaned a Violin over the past few days. Here are the before and after photos. That was a hard job, rewarding though. It is worthwhile to get the instrument serviced once a year if you are a professional player or a bit less often if you don’t play as much.
Wiping your Violin with a microfiber cloth after playing will keep it cleaner for much longer. Never user any cleaners not even violin cleaners as they often make the varnish sticky which causes the dirt to stick even more to the violin.
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. The same applies for Cello, Double Bass and Viola strings.
Tips to make strings last longer:
Always have short fingernails on your left hand,
do not use too much rosin,
,wash your hands before you play
do not tune strings too high,
make sure the finger board does not have groves or holes in the wood,
wipe your strings after you play,
always check the grooves in the bridge and the nut before you put a new string on and apply graphite with a 6b pencil in these grooves.