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date: 07 December 2019

Wurlitzer, Rembert locked

  • Charles Beare

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(b Cincinnati, March 27, 1904; d New York, Oct 21, 1963). American authority on early instruments of the violin family . He was the only son of Rudolph Henry Wurlitzer, director of the Wurlitzer Company in Cincinnati. In 1924, after two years at Princeton University, he was sent to Mirecourt, to learn violin making under Amédée Dieudonné. The following year he spent six months in London as the guest of Alfred Hill of W.E. Hill & Sons, who gave him a valuable grounding in violin connoisseurship. He returned to Cincinnati and became a vice-president of the family business. In 1937 he moved to the firm's violin department in New York, which he established as an independent company under his own direction in 1949. In 1951 he was joined by the Italian restorer Fernando Sacconi (d 1973).

After Wurlitzer's death the business was continued with considerable success by his widow Anna Lee Wurlitzer, née Little (...

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