- Enrico Weller
German family of musical instrument makers in Markneukirchen (to which the following refers, including birth and death data). Lutherie dominated the family’s craft in the 18th century, beginning with Adam Voigt (b c1674; d 19 Feb 1737), who in 1699 became a member of the Neukirchen violin makers’ guild. By 1850, 23 Voigts were counted as guild masters, their high-arched violins epitomizing the old Vogtland style. The most important masters were Johann Georg Voigt (four masters with the same name about 1800), Johann Friedrich Voigt, called ‘Fritz’ (b 17 Dec 1778; d 4 Sept 1840), and Johann Christian Voigt II (b 15 April 1766; d 13 Feb 1846). The last also made guitars, and in the 19th century several other Voigts also turned to guitar making, and later to bow and zither making. In the 20th century, Arnold Voigt (b 13 May 1864...