Peter Dawson Violins closing

Posted on | February 27, 2013 | 7 Comments|

As many local string players know, after decades in business, Ottawa violin shop Peter Dawson Violins is closing in March. When the owner Kurtis Aelick decided to close the shop, he asked me to look through the instruments and assist him with his collection.

Kurtis and I have been good colleagues for some years and I was pleased to help him. As a result he has trusted with me with all the finer full size instruments, some of which had been kept in storage for many years. My assistant is updating these instruments to good condition and we are now selling them for Kurtis. The price range begins at $2000 to $5000 and going up to $18,000.

The list of available instruments in our shop includes:

2 German workshop violins, circa 1900
Leon Bernardel, 1943, Paris, France
Michele DeLuccia, 1983, Italy/USA
Georg Winterling, 1919, Hamburg, Germany
Alexander Hume, 1926, London, England
Thomas Perry, circa 1800, Dublin, Ireland
Michael Kun, 1984, Ottawa, Canada

A German Viola, 16 3/8″, circa 1900

A German cello, circa 1900
A German cello, circa 1870

Also 2 violin bows by W.E.Hill & Sons, 1930-40, London, England.

Please free feel to call (613-569-4803) to make an appointment to try any of these instruments or bows.



7 Responses to “Peter Dawson Violins closing”

  1. Anna Vincent
    March 28th, 2014 @ 4:02 am

    I was Peter Dawson’s client for many years.
    For the last 3 years – unfortunately – I was more hospital’s “client” than his, as a cancer patient. Well, as a survivor now, I decided to return to my violin music (for fun only), starting with P. Dawson’s care of my instrument. What a shocker! I had no idea! Sad, sad news to me.
    Even more so, seeing the list of beautiful instruments for sale, probably gone by now.
    Any chance to try a bow left?

  2. admin
    March 28th, 2014 @ 4:56 am

    Hello – We still have the ‘W.E.Hill & Sons’ bow from Peter Dawson available and several other bows as well. You would be welcome to visit us (792 Gladstone) to try them.

  3. Budd Gavel
    April 1st, 2017 @ 5:42 pm

    Hi. Could anyone lead me to find a copy of Peter Dawson’s book of fiddle tunes – prticularly one with tune ‘Jordan’s Reel’?


  4. admin
    April 1st, 2017 @ 5:45 pm

    Sorry, we don’t sell any sheet music. You should contact the Leading Note on Elgin Street or someone in the Ottawa Valley fiddle community.

  5. Mohammed Hajjar
    August 29th, 2017 @ 10:48 pm

    Hi. What’s the value of the Georg Winterling violin? Is it in a good shape? do you have any details about it?

  6. Dennis tondreau
    January 25th, 2018 @ 10:04 am

    Hi Guy,
    I had bought a violin from the shop 15 years ago. My house in Navan was completely destroyed by fire on 10 Jan of this year. Unfortunately, none of my guitars, pianos or violins survived the fire. Do you still have any violins left? Thanks

  7. admin
    January 25th, 2018 @ 10:21 am

    Hello Denis – I’m sorry to hear about your house fire. We have no more violins from Peter Dawson’s shop. But we have a range of violins available. Please call our workshop to arrange an appointment to visit us – 613 569 4803 Guy

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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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