Riedstra's Violin Shop
Complete Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass
(standup, acoustic, upright, double) and Bow
sales, restoration, rental and appraisal for the discerning musician since 1973.


We have two violin, viola, cello, bass and bow stores with repair and rehair shops. There is a shop and store in Kitchener - Waterloo and Stratford, Ontario, Canada.  We are close to Guelph, Cambridge, London, Hamilton, Toronto, Mississauga, Goderich, Woodstock, Brantford, Oakville and Burlington. We also sell and repair brass and woodwind instruments, and accordions. 


Our stores have been supplying both Canadian and International clients with violins, violas, cellos, basses, bows and the services they require for over a quarter century.



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Riedstra's Violin Shop
239 Victoria Street N
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada     N2H 5C9
Ph: 1-519-743-3838   Fax: 1-519-743-4676
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday - Saturday
Please call for an appointment time.


Riedstra's Violin Shop
38 Neal Avenue
Stratford, Ontario, Canada    N5A 6W8
Phone:1-519-273-4082    Fax: 1-519-508-3000
Hours: By appointment only for:
Tuesday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm (at this location).
Evenings are occasionally available as well by appointment.

New Covid 19 Procedures: January 5, 2022

A. Our staff in our Kitchener store and Stratford location are all still well and working full-time, using sanitary procedures (and masks) in our separate workshops. Due to the upsurge in the Omicron variant in Ontario, we are going to be available by curbside only until further notice. For the present time, we will not be making any further appointments for any customers to enter our store (other than those we have made until now), until further notice.

Our store/workshop will still be functioning full-time during our regular hours. So if you need an instrument or bow or any accessories, supplies or repairs / restorations please call us at 519-743-3838 to arrange a curbside drop off or pickup time, so we only have one person here at a time.

When you come, please wear the appropriate mask and maintain 2-3 metres distance from us outside the front of our store. Due to cold weather and the transmissibility of this virus, we will not be able to converse with you very long outside our store, so please address any questions to us by phone or email. Please do not come here if you are sick or if you have been exposed to this virus in any form.

B. Payments will have to be made in two possible ways:

1. Pay "well in advance" by e-transfer (E-transfers can sometimes take an hour or two before they show up on our computer, from the bank), for any items, especially those over $250 including tax.

Please send your e-transfer to:
We have automatic deposit at this email. Please double check the spelling carefully.

2. If necessary, for amounts under $250 including tax, we can tap your credit card in our store if you have that feature on your card, while you wait outside 2 meters or more from our front door. (Please make sure you do have this tap feature before you come for a pickup).

C. If you cannot wear a mask, please bring someone else along who does wear one, and who can do your curbside pickup or drop off

D. Our workshop/store in Stratford, also requires masks and social distancing and is presently only available for contactless curbside pickups and drop offs by appointment.

E. Provided you pay in advance, we can also ship anything you would like such as:

- all instruments (violin family, brass, and woodwinds, guitars and mandolins), bows, cases, that we have for sale and for rent. We also have music, books, cd's, records, and all accessories.

We can send packages by mail or courier to you, at cost price.

F. If you have a dropoff appointment time, you may also drop off stringed instruments (also brass and woodwinds) and bows for repairs, bow rehairing, evaluations, and appraisals. For consignments, we can discuss those first by email or phone. We will try to respond to you within 48 hours, but it could take longer sometimes.

*** Please phone for an appointment for your curbside pickup or dropoff. 519-743-3838 in Kitchener,
(or 519-273-4082 in Stratford).

In Stratford, we remain curbside pickup and drop off only, and by appointment only. (519-273-4082 in Stratford, Ontario.)

* Please phone us when you get to our parking lot so we know who has arrived.

* For items being left for Repair, or for Evaluation, please put a note with it that has your pertinent information and the date on it, for us. Please note that for instruments being left for repair or evaluation, it could sometimes take a day or more, before we can start them.
For Bows, we can often start on them the same day or next day.

For Purchases, or Rentals, please discuss with us on the phone, or by email what you would like to have. If we have time, we can send pictures and descriptions. We will do our best to select the best exact item(s) you would like from our extensive collection to match your request and your budget.

If you decide to exchange an instrument, bow, or case for another, please let us know within 7 days, and we will arrange an appointment time for you to drop off the first item(s) [which must be in the same condition as when sold], and for you to pickup the replacement item(s). There is no restocking fee, if you paid by e-transfer. *** However, if you paid by credit card there is a 4% restocking fee, if the first item costs more than the second, and then only on the difference in price between the two items. (We don't get that fee back from the credit card companies.)

Safety procedures: Please only come if you have no symptoms of illness, and you have not knowingly been in contact with anybody that is ill in the last 3 weeks. When dropping off or picking things up outside our store, please make sure you maintain a social distance of 3 meters and wear your mask(s), or we cannot serve you.

Note: Our bathroom will not be open for customer use.

All payments for rental contracts, other contracts, and consignments will continue as normal.

We at Riedstra's Violin Shop are very grateful for your continued support, for helping our staff to continue working.g.

Henry Riedstra. HBA, BEd.
Luthier, Appraiser, Restorer and Dealer since 1973.



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