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Thanks, Dan. This does seem to chronicle a point that Herr Saunders has made numerous times, about Fuessen as the source of so many makers and instruments. Yet Fuessen is in Bavaria (in the area I knew as the Vorarlberg, although that may be just a tourist designation), not Austrian Tirol. Wouldn't it be nice to see some research that matches instruments to all those names so that one could look for common and distinguishing features.


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Füssen wasn’t part of Bavaria until the early 19th C. (after Napoleon) by which time the violin.making period had more or less finished, but was in the Bishopric of Augsburg in an region known as Allgau. It was never “in Tirol”, although nearby Vils both is and was.

Dan’s article is of limited value, since it conflates leading masters of important violin making “schools” with self-taught amateuers of distinctly restricted merit.

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