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date: 12 December 2019

Edlinger, Thomas locked

  • Jaak Liivoja-Lorius


(b Augsburg, Nov 23, 1662; d Prague, Jan 20, 1729). Bohemian violin maker of German birth. He was the third maker of that name and was trained by his father in Augsburg. He established himself in Prague while in his twenties. His violins, essentially germanic in character, loosely follow the Stainer model. He was also an important lute maker who reputedly was the first to extend the lute’s range to 13 courses, placing the lowest two (diapasons) off the fingerboard on an extension of the pegbox. He seems sometimes to have reused older lute bodies and to have inserted labels of earlier makers in his own work. Edlinger was apparently a fine teacher and can be regarded as the founder of the old Prague school of violin making. Most of his early students were, like himself, expatriate Germans. On his death his son Joseph Joachim Edlinger (b Prague, ...

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