Riedstra's Violin Shop
A complete music store for Violin, Viola, Cello, String Bass (standup, acoustic, upright, double bass), Bows, Brass, Woodwind, Guitars and music sales, repair, 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
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
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.

Procedures (Health and Other): July 4, 2023

A. In Kitchener, our store is open. We prefer that you make an appointment so we don't get too many customers at one time in the store. Our store, staff and workshops are functioning full-time with sanitary procedures.

If you need an instrument, bow, or any accessories, supplies or repairs / restorations / rentals / appraisals or consignments, please call us for a convenient appointment time (519-743-3838 in Kitchener).

If you come without an appointment, please let us know what you need when you arrive and we will try to help you, but if our store is full from appointments, you may have to wait a bit.

In Stratford, we are available by appointment only. (519-273-4082 in Stratford, Ontario).

A mask is not required at this time in our store in Kitchener, but since we are in a fairly small space, and have limited staff, if you prefer to wear one to protect yourself and us, please do so.

If you are sick with any transmissable virus, or if you have been exposed to anyone who is sick in the last two weeks, please wait until you are sure you are well before you come here.

Note: Our workshop/store bathroom is not open for public use.

B. Payments can be made in four possible ways:

- E-transfer: For payments you can make in advance. (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.

- TAP: IN-store, for amounts under $250 including tax. Or if you are curbside, we can tap your credit card in our store if you have that feature on your card, while you wait outside. (Please make sure you do have this tap feature before you come for a curbside pickup).

- CASH: In-store or curbside.

- DEBIT (preferred) or MASTERCARD/Visa. Note: we do not accept credit card for payments over $2000.

C. In our Stratford workshop/store, please wear a mask and maintain social distancing as much as possible. We are available here by appointment Tuesday to Friday. Please call 519-273-4082.

D. Shipments: 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. We also have music, books, cd's, records, and all accessories.

We will send packages by mail or courier to you, at cost price for shipping, insurance, adult signature and handling. For International shipments, the purchaser will be responsible to pay any customs, duty and brokerage fees assessed by their country.

E. Repair, Authentication or Appraisal: Please include a dated note with your name, address, phone and email on it. You will receive a receipt from us for instruments/bows being left for repair or evaluation. It can sometimes take a day or more, before we can start them depending on our workload and what is required for your item.
For bows, we can often start them on the same day or next day. Sometimes we can finish them the same day, depending what they need.

F. Purchases, or Rentals: Please discuss with us by phone, or email, or in person 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.

G. To return or exchange an instrument, bow, or case for another, please let us know within 3 days, and we will arrange an in-store 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 cash, e-transfer, debit or certified cheque.

*** However, if you paid by credit card, we don't get that fee back from the credit card companies, so for straight refunds we will deduct a 3% restocking fee. But for an exchange, the 3% is only on the difference in price between the two items if the new item costs less than the returned item.

We at Riedstra's Violin Shop are very grateful for your continued support and care.

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



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