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  1. There were at least 50 German manufacturers of violins using the name HOPF in the 19th century. The original luthier of the name, David HOPF of Klingenthal, (German) c.1790-1800 was a master violin maker. I am particularly interested in the story that German HOPF violins had their name changed to HOPE by makers/dealers in the early 20th century, after the first World War, due to anti-Semitism in Europe. A violin described as a Hopf violin, that is at least in the generic style of a Hopf violin, had its brand changed (apparently) from HOPF to HOPE at some point in time. The violin in ques
  2. Terrini

    C.F Hopf?

    I just got a violin have a Hopf stamp inside. I'm wondering if it is real. And, how much would it worth? Thanks.
  3. Here are some pictures of the Quittenbachtal in winter taken 20 years ago. (Strange thing is the Tal (valley) is up in the mountains.) This is the place where the Hopf family had their farm. Unfortunately the house is not there any more. Back then thw historian of Markneukirchen violin makers, Mr. Zoebisch, could only tell me that according stories from hearsay it was close to some plum trees still standing there. Supposedly the Hopfs started violin making because there was no farm work in winter quite similar to Italian makers in the Marches (Celani and others). So the pictured landscap
  4. Can anyone help me with if this is a copy or a real HOPF violin? My Daughter wants to buy it, but I don't know if it's worth the repair cost to bring it back to life... thanks in advance for any of your thoughts.
  5. gabnash


    I recently bought a late 19th century factory made violin by Hopf that is in need of some TLC as a project suitable for a noob. The pegs, nut and tailpiece will need replacing, which shouldn’t be too tricky. However the varnish, particularly on the belly is badly worn in places. So what’s the best way to tackle this? Also the fingerboard has light streaks. What’s the best means of staining it uniformly black?
  6. Hi, This is the 'old' violin whose odd looking bridge and finer tuner were posted in the following thread I am looking for more info regarding this violin. The scroll was very well grafted. I had to look at it carefully to believe it is an acutal graft, not hand drawn. However, most of the seemmingly cracks on the violin are hand drawn black lines. There is one actual crack on the right top F hole. I am guessing this violin is made around 1850's in the Bohem