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Different Pfretzschner Types?
TG, CF, GA, etc
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June 30, 2014 - 10:07 pm
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I recently purchased a violin labelled T.G. Pfretzschner. I was aware of the G.A. Pfretzschner violin, however, I didn't know if my newest purchase was just a really good knockoff of this, or if the T.G. was the same maker and just a student or a child of G.A. or some such. Just curious as to whether any of you have heard of these differences/different violins. 

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July 1, 2014 - 12:43 pm
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I'm thinking that E.R. Pfretzschner may be the most common.  I have a model 301, made in Mittenwald, Germany in 1968 and shop adjusted in Cleveland by Scherl & Roth, 1969.

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July 2, 2014 - 8:28 am
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We really can't say much by a label but don't concern yourself too much over whether it is a knockoff or not. It's not really a big name in any case if it's the violin I'm thinking of. I don't think anyone produces knockoffs at this point of that violin.
What is important is that the violin has a good sound, is open and responsive, and pleasurable to yourself and others. Unless you payed way too much and would like to try to get your money back.
Tell us about the violin. You may want to post pictures too..... We love pictures here. :)

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July 2, 2014 - 6:38 pm
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Howdy ,

I had researched the Pfretzschner family a couple of years ago upon obtaining a GA Pfretzschner bow ...too much info to post here ...you'll find much more by looking up Dictionary of Violin and Bow Makers List ...

The family is still in business in Germany today ...and were re nouned as bow makers early on as ER had studied in France ....the French being the premium bow makers of the day ..

The Pfretzschners added violins to thier export business , many built by factories in Germany rather than being made by the family themselves ...

If yers' sounds good , be happy ...there are many inqueries of Pfretzschner on Maestronet ...you'll find more info there as well ...violin-1267

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July 3, 2014 - 3:22 am
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OPPS    that should read HR studied in France ...violin-1267

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July 3, 2014 - 11:11 am
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My understanding is that the Pfretzschner family were primarily bow makers since the late 18th century.  H. R. Pfretzschner was probably the most skilled bow maker of the lot, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The family were and apparently still are purveyors of violins, violas, cellos, etc. All of which are manufactured in Germany, but it is not clear that these instruments were produced by members of the Pfretzschner family. 

Generally, most of them have been considered good quality student or intermediate student violins, although I have seen some of the older models for sale for as much as $20,000.  I believe that the T. G Pfretzschner is the current version of the family line. I doubt that it's a knock off. 

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