Franz Albert Nürnberg (1854-1931) was an exceptional German-born bow-maker. He centred his craft creations on the French maker, François Xavier Tourte. As a result, at Nürnberger workshop became acclaimed as one of the leading workshops of the 20th century.
Nicola Gaglian (1740-1780) was the second son of Alessandro his other son was Gennaro (1740-1780) a family of well-known luthiers. Alessandro has worked with both Stradivarius and Guarnerius del Gesu. Nicolo was a very prolific violin-maker from 1740-1780.
François Peccatte (1820-1856) was French and a brother to Dominique, was also a very fine bow-maker who worked in Mirecourt. Careful inspection of the head can distinguish between the brother’s nibble bows.
Caspar Tieffenbrucker (1514-1571) was born in Tiefenbruck in the Füssen an important lute-making region. Around 1550, Caspar settled in Lyon to the house of honours. As Füssen was the centre of lute-making around that period and the art of lute-making is known to have been practised since 1436.
Cello of War WW1 was made of whatever material was available even the humble helmet was used. Still surviving is the ‘Trench cello’ played by Lt Harold Triggs at the Frenc trenches and in Ypres, Belgium. The more renowned is ‘le Poilu’ ‘the hairy’ that was played by the French cellist Maurice Marechal still too seen exhibited at the Cite se la Musique Paris.
The trench cello in the war. Human ingenuity should be celebrated when its for the good. Among these is the ‘trench cello’ also referred to as the ‘holiday cello’. A collapse arrangement the size of an ammunition box and simply made out of material that is at hand.