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Help for classify a HOPF-violin


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Dear Users!

It would be vey nice if some of you can tell me their opinion of my violin about age/date of creation and place of Origin (Saxony).

If you see, this one was very often used and repaired. On the back- side there is the "Hopf- stamp".

And is it possible to say anything about the realationsship of this one to the Hopf- family?

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All of the major Markneukirchen wholesalers in the late 19th C had “Hopf model” violins in their catalogue. They were the usual cottage industry cheaper violins. Yours will have with a large degree of certainty nothing to do with anybody called Hopf. The museum in Markneukirchen has a few real Hopf violins, which are quite a revelation, since they are much nicer, and don’t have this typical squarish outline. The Hopf Stamp belonging to the wholsaler G.A. Pfretschner is illustrated on page 105 of Zöbisches book on the Hopf family (below)

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