Violin and viola repairs & restorations in Ottawa

Posted on | September 30, 2010 | 4 Comments|

For inquires regarding adjustments, repairs and restoration, please call 613 569 4803.

With the start of the new academic year and concert season, it’s been a busy time in the workshop.  On the restoration front, we’ve had some interesting instruments come in for repair. Photographed below are some of the instruments we have now for repair work.

Elophen Poirson violin, Lyon, 1910.

Antonio Stradivari violin, 1700.

Hill viola,  London, 1810.

Stefano Scarampella violin,  Mantua, 1900


Meanwhile I am making a fourth violin based on the Guarneri, ‘Lord Wilton’ 1742. This model seems very popular with players with it’s compact size and large rich sound. Once I complete this violin I’ll begin making two Stradivari model cellos for clients. Going from the spontaneous style of Guarneri Del Gesu to the very clean work of Stradivari will be challenging.  But it’s these challenges and continuing to study great instruments like the Stradivari violin above that make my work so fascinating year after year.


4 Responses to “Violin and viola repairs & restorations in Ottawa”

  1. Laura Olson
    November 12th, 2010 @ 8:00 am


    My husband is making violins and used to have a spiral bound book that included plans for both Stradivari and Guarneri violins. The book was about one-half inch thick. I have tried to search for it but, without an author’s name, I have come to a dead end. Have you, by chance, heard of such a book. Thanks.

    Laura Olson

  2. Guy Harrison
    November 13th, 2010 @ 9:25 am

    Hello Laura,

    Thank you for your comment. I don’t recall the book you mentioned. I would recommend this book as a guide to making a violin today:

    Guy Harrison

  3. J. Allison Robichaud
    November 29th, 2010 @ 5:00 am

    I have a Joseph Guartnerius fesi 17 cen violin which needs minor restoration, i.e a bridge, strings etc. where can I get this done. The violin is used for still life painting.
    with a handshake Allison

  4. rosenblum violins
    March 13th, 2011 @ 6:39 am

    restoration is the greenest way to “make” violins, sustainable resource

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    Guy Harrison Violin Maker
    792 Gladstone Avenue
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1R 6X9
    Tel: 613 569 4803

    1997 Silver medal for viola in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2010 Bronze medal for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2014 Workmanship award for violin in the Mittenwald International Violin Making Competition, Germany.

    2016 Silver Workmanship medal for cello in the VSA Violin Making Competition, USA.

    Member of the American Federation of Violin & Bow Makers and Violin Society of America.

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