|Klotz Family of Violin Makers|
From the mid-1600s to the present, members of the Klotz (or Kloz) family have made violins in Mittenwald, Germany. Dictionaries of violin makers list more than 25 by this name.
Matthias I (1656-1743) founded the Mittenwald school of violin making after study with Jacob Stainer and Nicolo Amati.
Instruments by Sebastian I (1696-1775) are probably the most admired among the many existing examples by this family.
Joseph (1743-1819), son of Sebastian, worked in a manner similar to that of his father.
The quality of their instruments varies enormously, and many inferior, unauthentic examples have labels bearing the Klotz name.
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