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date: 15 November 2019


  • Enrico Weller


German family of violin, bow, and string makers and instrument dealers, active in Markneukirchen (birth and death dates here refer to Markneukirchen). Among the best-known violin makers were Carl Friedrich Pfretzschner I (b cNov 1743; d 25 May 1798), Johann Gottlob Pfretzschner (b 15 Aug 1753; d 12 July 1823), and Johann Carl Pfretzschner (b 7 Oct 1739; d 12 Aug 1797); the last was also a successful string maker and instrument dealer. Elias Pfretzschner (b 1669) was important for the early Markneukirchen musical instrument trade; in 1713 he became the first violin dealer to join the violin makers’ guild. Four generations later, Carl Gustav Adolph Pfretzschner (b 1 April 1805; d 23 March 1883) founded the company G.A. Pfretzschner, one of the most famous Vogtland instrument dealers, which existed until 1977.

The family’s bow makers achieved international recognition through the company H.R. Pfretzschner. Its founder, Hermann Richard Pfretzschner Sr (...

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