Markneukirchen is the main town of the small musical instrument -making region, known for four centuries for high quality brass, woodwind and string instruments. Within this small locality, different enterprises are involved in making musical instruments. They rely on traditional methods but sell all over the world. It hosts an annual International Instrumental Competition and master classes. Arnold Voigt worked in the town for most of his life. Nothaft : In the 13th century, the new village was established and took the name of the local Egerland nobility: Albertus Nothaft de Wildstein , who was occupying the area and moving in families from Bayern and Oberpfalz.
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Paul Knorr, born in , studied violinmaking with Dolling. Starting in , Knorr became and independent maker. Attaining mastery of his craft, Knorr was highly respected for wood and material selection. He was also adept at following the patterns, approach, and varnishing techniques of the Cremonese masters. This particular example of his work dates to
Paul Knorr Violin, Markneukirchen, 1938
This s Markneukirchen "Stauffer Style" 'Parlor' guitar weighs just 2. At the strap-end of the top is a beautiful 'Fantail' inlay of mother-of-pearl and abalone. The sides also have a thin maple strip on the top and another on the bottom.
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