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Other families of Klingenthal violin makers

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.

New arrivals in our catalogue:
  • Fine German master violin, mid 20th century - masterpiece
  • American violin, Marinus Petersen, Chicago 1916
  • French violin, Maison Gustave Faes, Anvers
  • Antique German violin after Amati
  • Powerful violin from Mittenwald, approx. 1900
  • Fine contemporary master violin, Wolfgang Schiele, Munich
  • Old German violin after Stradivari, for Franz Hell, Elmshorn
  • Old, c.1920 German violin from Markneukirchen - warm, bright sound
  • Old French Mirecourt violin after Guadagnini, Laberte
  • 1/4 - Old German 1/4 violin, quarter-sized violin
  • Good Mittenwald violin, 1930'ies
  • Antonio Monzino & Figli, Italian violin, Milano 1925
  • 1860's Klingenthal violin, mature, complex sound
  • Modern Italian violin, Salvatore Valentinetti, 1998 (certificate Carlo Carfagna)
  • Strong, lightweight virtuoso violin bow, Albert Leicht
  • 3/4 – antique French "Compagnon" violin, approx. 1870
  • 19th century German violin bow, a soft player
  • Klingenthal violin, approx. 1850, somewhat quiet
  • Fine violin, probably American
  • 1/2 - antique French 1/2 violin with a strong tone
  • 3/4 - Outstanding old 3/4 violin after Stradivarius
  • Powerful H. R. Pfretzschner violin bow, silver mounted
  • Italian violin in the Otello Bignami tradition
  • Dutch bass viol by Theo Dellen, Voorburg (viola da gamba)