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To the Guarnerius family of violin makers belong Andreas Guarnerius, pupil of Amati (middle of the 17th century), his son Joseph Guarnerius (1680—1730), Peter Guarnerius and the son of the elder (Andreas) Guarnerius (1725—1740). The names Stradivarius and Joseph Guarnerius mark the highest achievement of violin making, and to the present day none have succeeded in surpassing them. Of" other Italian violin makers who have furnished us with good instruments may be mentioned Alessandro Gagliano (1695—1725), Carlo Bergonzi (1712—1750), Laurentius Guadagnini (close of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century), Joh. Bapt. Guadagnini (1755—1785), Dominicus Montagnana (1715—1750), Vincent Ruggeri, Giov. Bapt. Ruggeri, and Peter Jacob Ruggeri (beginning of the 18th century). In France, good violins were made by Lupot (18th century), Gand, Bernardel (19th century) and Vuillaume (1798—1875). J-n Germany, besides Stainer and his pupil Albani of Botzen, Klotz, (father and son) 17th and 18th century in Mittenwalde; Witthalm (18th century, Nuremburg); Bausch (father and son, Leipsic, 1805—1871 and 1829— 1871), Jacob Diehl (Hamburg). In England, B. Banks, Salis­bury (1727 —1795); R- Duke, London (1754—1780); Jacob Fendt and C. Harris (early part of the present century), and Matthew Hardie (Edinburgh), have left many good violins.
Prominent makers of the present day.
Good violins are made in the present day by Hammig in Leipsic-, Reichers, Berlin; Schunemann, Schwerin; Pfab, Hamburg; Lenk, Frankfort; Reuner, Berlin; Roth, Mark-neukirchen, etc.
[In England excellent instruments have been and are being made by Hill, Hart, Chanot, E. Withers, and Boullangier, London; W. H. Mayson, Manchester; F. Devoney, Blackpool; J. Monk, Merton, Surrey; and others. In France, by Miquel, Foucher, Lotte; and in America, Gemunder. These have all produced service­able instruments. Ability to judge properly the merits of a violin, — whether new or old, — comes only with experience; beginners should therefore before purchasing consult a player or teacher possessing the necessary knowledge. Violins by the same maker, to all appearance exactly alike, yet frequently differ greatly in tone quality,
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