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Other families of Klingenthal violin makers


Corilon violins • Lilienstrasse 2 • D-81669 München • Germany
Phone: +49 (0)89-444 19 619 • Fax: +49 (0)89-444 19 620

Klingenthaler violin makers: Dörffel, Glass, Meisel and other important families of violin makers

The tradition of the large Hopf family has become synonymous with the art of violin making in Klingenthal, but from the very beginning the town's history was also honoured and carried forward by other significant dynasties of violin makers as well. This page briefly presents three other families, while other points of reference can be found in the PDF file of our overview (which is certainly not complete) of Klingenthal violin makers (approx. 140 KB).

The Dörffel family was among the Bohemian immigrants who established Klingenthal violin making. Whereas Caspar Hopf was assumed to be the first violin making master in his family, at least two other Dörffel relatives – Johann Georg (the first) and Michael – pursued their art in Graslitz (Kraslice, Czech Republic). Johann Andreas Dörffel, who was active in the first half of the 18th century, is ranked among the finest violin makers in Klingenthal. His instruments can be found in numerous collections.

Documents confirm that the Glass family of violin makers lived in Klingenthal from the 18th century onward. Their instruments earned a solid reputation which at times even approached the ranks of the legendary Hopf violins. Many members of the family worked outside Klingenthal and became ambassadors of the art of Vogtland violin making, on an international level as well. In the late 18th century, Christian Friedrich Glass began making bows in Klingenthal.

In some regards, the Meisels, the great family of instrument makers, represented the process of Klingenthal violin making opening to new influences. Starting in the late 18th century, important members of the family broke with the distinctively Vogtland-based Hopf tradition and began to imitate Italian models. These craftsmen included Amand Meisel (1828-1893), who became an internationally renowned master and settled in Silesia in the mid-19th century. Johann Christian Friedrich Meisel (d. 1803) first produced strings in Klingenthal.

Next chapter: The end of violin making in Klingenthal

Markneukirchen: violin making in “German Cremona”

Klingenthal: the origin of violin making

Crossing borders: on the history of violin making in western Bohemia


H. R. Pfretzschner

Hopf: a dynasty of Vogtland violin makers

Ernst Heinrich Roth: a rediscovered master

The bow makers of Markneukirchen

Noteworthy families of Markneukirchen violin makers


In Corilon's old violin shop you can find selected masterpieces of the art of making violins and violin bows from Saxony and other regions.

Corilon violins · Lilienstrasse 2 · D-81669 Munich
Phone: +49 (0)89-444 19 619 · Fax: +49 (0)89-444 19 620 ·

New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • English violin, Joseph Charles Fidler, Reading 1925
  • Outstanding 1930's French violin from Mirecourt
  • François Fent, a fine historic viola of the late 18th century
  • German violin after Guarneri del Gesù
  • French violin, Mirecourt mid 20th century
  • Mittenwald violin, Johann Reiter, 1922, opus 42
  • French violin after F. A. Glass, Mirecourt
  • Didier Nicolas (L‘Ainé), master violin, circa 1825
  • Edwin Lothar Herrmann, German violin bow
  • Fine violin bow, probably Albert Nürnberger
  • Fine Markneukirchen violin: copy of Santo Serafino (Sanctus Seraphin)
  • Central Italian violin by Aristide Benigni, Ascoli Piceno (published twice)
  • Italian violin, Archimede Orlandini, Parma 1985 (published)
  • 3/4 –sized German violin by Boosey & Hawkes
  • Markneukirchen violin, "Künstler-Violine Nr. 18" by Meinel & Herold
  • Claudio Gamberini, a fine Italian violin, 1930, Bologna
  • Excellent violin from Machold’s custom violin workshop, Chemnitz
  • Italian violin by Lodovico Giovannetti, 1955 (certificate Castelli)
  • Silver mounted violin bow by Rudolf Neudörfer
  • Antique French violin, Mirecourt
  • Good Markneukirchen violin bow, approx. 1930
  • English violin bow after Tourte, silver mounted
  • F. & R. Enders, outstanding Markneukirchen violin bow
  • Powerful silver mounted violin bow, Markneukirchen