Rudolph Schuster worked with master makers in Hamburg, Stuttgart, Berlin and Vienna (with Dr. Thomastik) before setting up his own shop in 1930.
Born in 1841, Jean Baptiste Coiln studied with his father in Mirtecourt before establishing his own workshop. He also worked for makers in Paris as well as Mirecourt. He made excellent quality in the style of Collin-Mezin as well J.B.Vuillaume.
Eugene John Albert emigrated to the U.S.A. from Germany as a child in 1855 with his father John. He worked with his father and took over the business in 1887. He became one of the most important American violin makers of the latter part of the 19th century.
The G.A.Pfretzschner firm made fine violins for a number of years during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This fine violin is an excellent example of the high quality of craftsmanship we always appreciate from this outstanding workshop.
Robert Glier trained in Markneukirchen and like so many talented German makers seeking better opportunities than they had in their home country, came to the USA in 1885. For years he worked for Rudolf Wurlitzer in Cincinnati, later establishing his own successful workshop.
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.
Robert Glier was born and trained in Markneukirchen, moving to Cincinnati in 1885. He first worked for Wurlitzer before establishing his own successful shop.
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.
Gustave Bazin was a member of the famous Bazin bow making family. He worked with important violin makers such as Emile Laurent and Collin-Mezin before returning to Mirecourt making instruments in the Parisian style.
For the past 100 years, the firm of Ernst Heinrich Roth has made excellent quality string instruments first in Markneukirchen and after the late 1940's in Bubenreuth. This violin is a fine example of their more recent work.
This violin bears the Ernst Heinrich Roth brand internally and is labeled: Made in Germany
The D.Soriot violins were crafted in the workshop founded by Marc Laberte, one of the most important in Mirecourt. Laberte collected instruments by the great classical Italian makers and strove to reproduce their qualities.
Blondelet began his career with the Thibouville-Lamy firm at age 15. He became a highly regarded maker and was made Chevalier of the Legion of Honour in 1923. The tone is warm,full and rich.
Willi Götz trained in Berlin with Otto Möckel and Ludwig Neuner and Georg Piegendorfer in Augsburg before settling in Markneukirchen in 1903.
Drozen began his career in Prague working with J.B.Vavra and B.Lantner before moving to Turnov in 1925. His violins became popular with professionals and soloists, both in Czechoslovakia and around the world. In fact, one of his violins was used by the great violinist Jan Kubelik.