Where to Find Us & Opening Hours

Shop Hours:
Mon to Fri - 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday - 10 am to 5 pm

26 Smith Street
VIC 3066
Tel: +61 (0)3 9417 4930

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Alex W.Grant Violins Collingwood Shop




The workshop at Grant Violins is a hive of industry with a constant flow of repair and restoration projects on the go at any one time. Alex is personally involved with all the repairs, restorations and fitting up procedures on instruments and bows that flow through the shop. He is a fully qualified violin maker with many years of restoration experience, both in Australia and internationally.

The experience of working on many fine instruments of the early Cremonese masters and also from the classical and modern eras has instilled an acute sense of conservation in his approach to repair and restoration projects. This approach is appreciated by many of our finest musicians who entrust their precious instruments to Alex’s care.

The workshop is dedicated to painstaking repairs and restorations to some of our fine antique violins, violas and cellos as well as fitting up new instruments and preparation of shop instruments and bows.

We are pleased to offer these restoration services to the playing public whenever possible but, occasionally, due to pressure of work, it is necessary to defer bookings to ensure that deadlines for existing work can be met.

However, we will always try to find time to assist our regular customers with the occasional emergency repairs that crop up from time to time. Should you be considering having any work done to your instrument, it is advisable to speak with us well in advance so that we can plan a convenient repair programme.


We are happy to inspect your own instruments and bows with a view to supplying an insurance valuation. This valuation is an inexpensive service which we offer customers expressly to meet the requirements of insurance companies. It is not intended to be used as an aid to selling or buying any item and we cannot take responsibility for its misuse.

If you require an insurance valuation on your instrument(s) and bow(s), to keep costs to a minimum it is advisable to supply us with any supporting documentation you may have for the item.

Click on the following links for some examples of routine maintenance procedures regularly carried out in our workshop.

Scroll repair

Common Instrument Service Routines

Re-fit and lubricate tuning pegs

Shooting the fingerboard

Instrument setups

Bow rehairs

Bow rehairs

Workshop Articles of Interest


Care of bridges