Please note – from the 1st of February 2021, we will be taking an extended break from the workshop and will not be accepting any repair work during that time. We anticipate resuming our repair service in early May.

We will be available from time to time for instrument and bow sales. As our business is by appointment only, please call 0408 217 560 to arrange a time to visit. Leave a message or email us at, and we will get back to you when we are able.

Established in 1997, Simmers Violins has been providing Australian string players with high quality, dependable instruments and service in Brisbane for over 20 years. Our traditional, small boutique style of violin shop offers you a personal one to one experience from award winning, European-trained Master violin maker, John Simmers.



With the arrival of the NBN at our workshop, we have decided to eliminate our fixed business phone line. From now on, please call or text us on 0408 217 560.

John Simmers is a founding member and the current President of the Australian Violin Makers Association, Australia’s professional standards based association for the violin trade. He is a full member of the Entente Internationale des Luthiers et Archetiers and is an active member of the Violin Society of America and the British Violin Makers Association.

As well as offering a good range of high quality instruments and bows to suit serious students to professional players, our repair and restorations services are always in high demand.

We are always looking for nice instruments and bows to add to our collection. If you have something that you are interested in selling, please contact us for an appraisal.

If you are looking to upgrade your instrument or bow, we are always happy to consider your old one as a part exchange. We generally don’t buy back or sell student level instruments on consignment.

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20 Argyle Street
Red Hill Qld 4059

By appointment tel: 0408 217 560

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European trained
Instruments made to order
Selected Repairs and Restorations
Strings Cases & Accessories
Professionals, Serious Students, Discerning Amateurs