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The Violin Place in Chatswood is Now Open

A huge number of boxes have been unpacked, things put away and the shop is now open. The timeline involved in this seemingly mammoth task has gone like this;


Violin Place just moved from Adelaide to Sydney (Chatswood)

It’s often said that moving house is one of the 5 most stressful events a person can experiences; and we all do it. Well, I’ve ‘bitten the bullet’ and done it again. It’s been a big move, from Adelaide to Sydney (Chatswood), both house and violin shop.

Demystifying Violin Pricing and Selection

Now living in southern Australia, Jim Robinson has been a maker and restorer of bowed instruments for four decades.  In this article he shares his knowledge about the violin market, and his expertise, hopefully demystifying the purchase process for other players.  His violin-related insights will interest players of all stringed instruments.

The 'Cello Challenge' Team of Luthiers

Adele Beardsmore
Adele Beardsmore is an English violin maker and repairer now working in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney, Australia. Adele graduated from the Newark School of Violin Making in 1987 and was awarded the Ralph Oakden Cup for outstanding achievement. She has been a tutor at the Cambridge Violin Making Summer School in the UK and has worked in various locations in England and The Netherlands before moving to Australia in 1994.

The Cello Challenge Project - April 2008

A Background On The Cello Being Made During This Cello Challenge

The instrument that the 'Cello Challenge Team' will be modelling their work on during the 2008 Adelaide International Cello Festival is the "Countess of Stainlein ex Paganini" Stradivarious of 1707. This is the cello played by the celebrated Bernard Greenhouse of The Beaux Arts Trio for much of his life.

Postmodernism and Marketing

The following is taken from a lecture I wrote and presented to my class of first year marketing students at James Cook University about 8 years ago.

'The Work' as Experienced by a Young Violin Maker in London

Over the years, ‘The Work’ has made a big impression on me, an indelible impression I might add, as a young violin maker working in London, not too many years out of violin making school in Cremona, Italy.

The Enigma of Violins

Violin family instruments sometimes approach the status of a mere commodity, in regard to the millions of mass produced student instruments, and sometimes have the status of collectible art objects. Some violin family instruments, particularly if they are in a superb condition and happen to have a very good sound might have 3 distinct values; for the collector, for the player because of its tonal potential and a third for an investor.

Welcome to James Robinson's Violin Place

James Robinson's violin shop, located in Adelaide, South Australia provides all levels of string players with professional repairs and restoration service. We also sell a wide range of string instruments including violin, viola, cello, bass and their bows. James is a qualified luthier, a graduate of the violin making school in Cremona, Italy. He has had 40 years of experience which includes working as a restorer with a number of the worlds' most well known violin shops such as Jacques Francais Rare Violins in New York, Ealing Strings in London and Kanda & Co. in Tokyo, and has made more than 250 instruments. His teachers are the world famous violinmakers Gio Batta Morassi and Francesco Bissolotti whose instrument prices can reach 4 to 5 times his own. His customers include the musicians from the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra as well as string players from interstate and overseas.
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