My Space: Ekkard Seidl

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Markneukirchen, Germany

This building dates from 1885 and has always been an instrument workshop. I’ve been based here for a very long time – in fact, I apprenticed here in the 1970s. I began working in the workshop when I was 16, when it was owned by Werner Voigt, a descendant of Johann Christian Voigt (see page 36). I trained under his son, Jochen Voigt, and when he moved to Munich in 1985 I took over the workshop. When I began, there were only three master violin makers working in Markneukirchen under the age of 65! Now the business has undergone a resurgence and there are around 20 in the Vogtland region in total…

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