In Focus: A 1926 violin by John Friedrich


Bruce Babbitt details an instrument by the German-American maker

Born in 1858 in Kassel, Germany, John Friedrich started his violin making studies aged 14 with Joseph Schonger (1812–88), but his real pedigree began in 1869 when he moved to Berlin to work for Oswald Möckel (1869–1937). From 1877 he was in the Leipzig workshop of W. H. Hammig (1838–1925). He immigrated to America in 1883 to join his brother William, a musician, and together they formed a business in New York City: John Friedrich and Brother…

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