The shop

The Violin Shop offers Canberra’s largest range of orchestral string instruments to suit players of all levels. From a solid foundation in repairs and restoration, the business has expanded and now stocks 200 instruments from across Europe and Asia.  Open by appointment, The Violin Shop stocks antique and modern instruments and bows, and a good range of cases, rosin, and other accessories. Customers will receive expert repair, friendly advice, free assessments from proprietor Simon Daly.




With a background in furniture restoration and a love of music, Simon began training as a luthier in Canberra in 1995 and has since had a continual presence in the local string community.

In 2003 Simon won a Fellowship to study advanced restoration techniques with the British Violin Making Association. Following this training Simon went to Cremona in Northern Italy where he met with a number of local luthiers. In 2013 Simon returned to Cremona and Switzerland, where he met with the Finkel family of bow makers. The relationships Simon has established in Europe allows him to source quality European instruments for his shop.

With over 20 years of experience Simon's trustworthy and professional service has made him an integral part of the Canberra string community. Outside the workshop he sponsors local music events, has close affiliations with members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, provides instruments for local schools, and is widely connected to the network of musicians and teachers in and around Canberra. Simon also enjoys playing guitar, surfing and bike riding.