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Fine Strings is owned and operated by Olivia Pelling, a Luthier based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Olivia is a second generation Luthier who comes from a family with a strong tradition of Lutherie and Craftmanship in Canada and Europe.

Fine Strings serves beginner, intermediate and professional musicians:

Bow Rehair
Violin Repair
Viola Repair
Cello Repair
Instrument Sales and Commissions
Cases, Strings and Accessories for Sale

Fine Strings is located in Olivia's home workshop in Ottawa's east end (Montreal Rd. and Ogilvie Rd.). To schedule an appointment and find out location and contact details click here.

Fine Strings in the Strad! I was featured in the very prestigious Strad magazine. The issue highlighted North American luthiers and my workshop was choosen to appear in the regular "My Space" section. Quite an honour! Read the article here or on my blog.


You can keep in touch with Fine Strings on Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter!

Fine Strings on CTV!  I was  featured on CTV Ottawa's Regional Contact (see video below). Click here to find out more.

Customer Comments

Hello Olivia: Just a quick note to say thank you again so much for repair my violin; I love how it sounds and plays!  Thank you again so much! Cheers
-Marlene Blackburn

Dear Olivia, …Above all, thank you for taking the time to really listen to me, to my concerns, and to the ache in my cello.  I thought its heart was breaking. You have given us hope!
-Gloria Stowell

Good Morning Olivia, Oh, how happy the heart of my cello is once again!  It's voice is singing with much more confidence. Thank you, Olivia, for your very perceptive analysis of the problems and your skillful touch in resolving them. Thank you so much, Olivia. Sincerely,
-Gloria Stowell

Hi Olivia, I was really happy with how my violin performed after your extensive repairs. A professional violinist I played with was also admiring my instrument... she wondered if I were a professional myself! LOL. I give credit to the instrument. Thanks again so much!
-Tim Hanna.

Olivia is as good as anyone I know to do the work.  She has set up 5 new cellos for me, and done the odd thing here and there for me on my "good" cello, and everything she has done has been top notch.  I also use her for rehairing all my bows. She's never let me down! I trust her and her prices are very fair!
-Rick Tersteeg

Thanks Olivia for the excellent job you did on the violin!  My daughter was very very happy.
-Suzanne Gratton

Dear Olivia, I just wanted to let you know I am really happy with the resonance my violin has now, and the bow that you rehaired is working great. Thanks again for a nice job. Sincerely,
-Shirlee Mays

Great work with a smile. My bow rehair was very well done.
-Ann Frederking

Imagine my dismay to find a deck crack all the way to the sound post on my cello! Olivia of Fine Strings managed to repair it, including tricky sound post patch, in time for our concert and it sounds better than ever.”
- Rob McLellan

Olivia Pelling | Luthier
Fine Strings
2116 Fillmore Crescent · Ottawa · ON · K1J 6A4
613.325.0752 · olivia@finestrings.ca

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