The Mougenot family of violin makers goes back to the 17th century. Léon worked with E.Laurent in Brussels, Blanchard in Lyon and W.E.Hill and Sons in London before establishing his own shop in Mirecourt in 1899. His work has always been highly respected for his very fine workmanship.
Werner Barth worked with his father Robert and stayed on until 1962. This violin has an excellent tone, brilliant but with depth and fullness, which makes it a real joy to play.
The G.A.Pfretzschner workshop is best known for their fine bows, but they produced a number of fine violins as well.
Anders Halverson emigrated from Sweden to Chicago in 1924 to work for Lewis & Son, then moved to Nashville, Michigan two years later. He established a shop with William Meyers which became popular with musicians across the Midwest.
The famous Ernst Heinrich Roth workshop also made instruments labeled Meinel (Oscar or Eugen). These violins are identical the highly regarded Roth violins of the 1920s and 30s.
Dieudonné was a pupil of Gustave Bazin in Mirecourt going on to work with Darche in Brussels before establishing his own workshop in Mirecourt. His instruments were popular all over the world, especially in the U.S. where they were sold by Wurlitzer and William Moennig & Sons. This would be an excellent choice for a musician seeking a violin with a brilliant tone with easy playability.
Cremona is probably the most important center of violin making in the World. and Stefano Trabucchi is one of the best known makers there. The tone is brilliant and responsive. .
Cremona is considered the most important center of violin making in the World. and Stefano Trabucchi is one of the best known makers there. The tone is brilliant and responsive.
Born in 1976, Marcello Bellei trained at the Parma violin making school under Renato Scrollavezza. This gifted maker has won numerous awards for his instruments.
Robert Glier was born and trained in Markneukirchen, moving to Cincinnati in 1885. He first worked for Wurlitzer before establishing his own successful shop.
Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century, William Lewis & Sons in Chicago was one of the most important violin shops in the world. Their instruments labeled Gustav August Ficker were always of highest quality
The Heffler workshop in Forcheim, Germany has been producing fine violins for many years. We have been offering them for over ten years since we first met Klaus and his son.
The firm of Laberte-Humbert in Mirecourt was formed at the beginning of the 20th century by the important luthier Marc Laberte. This violin is an excellent example of the work of this important firm.
The Collin-Mezin workshop made fine violins from the end of the 19th century until the 1950s. The "Le Victorieux" were Charles II own model.
Though the Heberlein workshop produced many instruments, they maintained high standards of quality, both in workmanship and tone.
Bob Wenzel studied at the Salt Lake violin making school in the 1970s alongside classmates who were to become some of the most important American Makers, including Jay Ifshin.