The shop

Tucked away in a leafy corner of Curtin is the Violin Shop, offering 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 offers friendly and honest advice from proprietor, Simon Daly. Customers will receive expert repair, friendly advice, free assessments and quotes, and exceptional after sales service.



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With a background in furniture restoration and a love for 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 prestigious British Violin Making Association. Following this training, Simon spent some time in Cremona in Northern Italy where he met with a number of local luthiers. In 2013, Simon returned to Cremona as well as visiting Switzerland where he met with the renowned 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 of the workshop, he regularly sponsors local music events, has close affiliations with members of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, provides instruments for a number of school music programs and is widely connected to the network of musicians and teachers in and around Canberra. Simon also enjoys playing guitar, surfing and bike riding.