Our Story

At Simply for Strings, we celebrate creative expression through musicality.

Simply for Strings is an online and in-store Australian go-to destination for high-quality handcrafted string instruments and accessories.

Simply for Strings is Australia’s award-winning string instrument store. The company was founded in 2005 by good friends, Anna Andriolo and Toby Cumpstay and began as a mobile business. The passionate pair would drive from town to town across Queensland to sell product and help educate students, parents and teachers, in their homes and schools. The service provided during these visits set the foundation of the Simply for Strings customer service philosophy - education and support - to which we still pride ourselves on to this day. Our growing team of string instrument gurus now serve customers Australia-wide from our award-winning Red Hill store.

As the mobile business became increasingly busy, it was clear to the founders a larger, dedicated space was needed to continue to grow the business and best serve the growing customer base. From humble beginnings, we now serve customers Australia-wide from our store in Red Hill.

Simply for Strings opened its doors to the public on November 19, 2007. The Old Church has become an inspiring venue for all musicians, an integral part of the customer experience and is now recognised, Australia-wide, as a musical hub for all things string.

The entire Simply for Strings team is dedicated to excellent customer service and are here for every step of your musical journey. Our team consists of professional musicians, passionate educators and specialist staff who are knowledgeable about everything string.

VISIT OUR UNIQUE STORE IN RED HILL

Entrance is via white-trimmed arched doors and in the front room violins cover the entire left wall. A quick glimpse to the back of the room makes visitors hurry through the hallway to see what awaits them. A grand room with high ceilings is filled with cellos, violas, double basses and violins, and a piano waits patiently and authoritatively in the corner.

Luscious deep-brown leather couches make this space seem unhurried and welcoming and are complemented by plush pillows - making you want to spend the rest of the day curled up listening to Mozart and Beethoven or try one of the many instruments for sale. In a corner, a library of musical scores begs to be played with passion and sincerity. The sheet music can be viewed and studied on a large wooden table, hand-made from Tasmanian Blackwood tree that the owners salvaged after it was stuck by lightning in Northern NSW.

The stage area looks out through wide open-glass windows as high as the ceilings, over Brisbane's treasured inner suburbs, allowing for an expanse of natural light to illuminate the interior and bounce off the crisp white walls.

“Visitors hurry through the hallways to see what awaits them ... A grand room with high ceilings is filled with violins, violas, cellos and double basses.”
It's easy to imagine this space being momentarily converted into an art gallery and concert room, and filled with the melodic sounds of strings ensembles. Guests would mingle as the sun goes down - with drinks and fresh canapes in hand - trying not to make too much noise with each step on the shiny wooden floorboards, for fear of meddling with the harmonious sounds of stringed instruments."

Meet the Family

ANNA ANDRIOLO

CO-FOUNDER

MICHAEL SCOTT-BRANAGAN

SALES MANAGER

TOBY CUMPSTAY

Co-FOUNDER

TEEGAN DOWDELL

EDUCATION MANAGER

EMILY KUEHNER

MARKETING MANAGER

ADRIAN PETRINO

SENIOR LUTHIER

Benjamin Greig

WORKSHOP SUPERVISOR

ANNIE MUNSTER

WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR

shannon luk

sales manager

Annabel Hendrie

Warehouse Associate

Kieran Welch

sales associate

Elisabeth Balarezo

sales associate

Stephanie Fox

Warehouse Associate

Celine Crellin

Sales Associate

Rhys Williams

Sales Associate

Joseph McCormack

Sales Associate

Lachlan Miller

Sales Associate

Beautifully hand–crafted
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Our customer service gurus are a mix of players, teachers and string instrument professionals on-hand and ready to help.

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WHY OUR CUSTOMERS LOVE US

Passion & attention to detail!

Efficient and great quality service and instrument. After being totally let down by another company, Simply for Strings made it all right again! The online store was easy to navigate and I really appreciated the additional recommendations and information for the violin I was purchasing. It arrived quickly and very carefully packaged to keep it safe.

TORRIN - JULY, 2019