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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.
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 ...
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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