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Highlights of the Collection...
The Meisel Family Violin Collection consists of seventeen bowed stringed instruments made by eight generations of the Meisel family of The Vogtland (Germany) and the USA. Go to annotated checklist for complete details.
Two violas from the Meisel Collection are on display in the Cutler Gallery. The other instruments are available for examination by appointment (see access guidelines) in the Museum's study-storage areas.
Sources For Further Information...
Thomas James Wenberg, Violin and Bow Makers of Minnesota (St. Paul: The Schubert Club Museum, 1988), pp. 64-65.
André P. Larson, "A Salute to the Instrument Makers of the Vogtland, Including Nine Generations of the Meisel Family," The Shrine to Music Museum Newsletter 23, No. 1 (October 1995) p. 6.
Russell Scott Smith, "The Last Waltz: Owatonna Violinmaker Lothar Meisel Embodies 300 Years of Family Tradition—A Tradition that Will Soon Come to an End," Minnesota Monthly 30, No. 12 (December 1996), pp. 60-65, 137-138.
Prod. Julie Kucaj, "Lothar Meisel," Arts & Minds. Bravo! News Style Arts Channel, Toronto, 30-31 Jan. 2003.
Laurence Anderson, "From the Maker's Bench: The Quality of Wood," String Notes: Journal of the Minnesota String Teachers Asssociation 7, No. 2 (Winter 2004/2005), pp. 12, 27.
NAMM Oral History Interview Project: Short video interview with Kurt Lothar Meisel (June 28, 2006).
The Meisel Family Violinmakers, Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony by K. Lothar Meisel (Ely, Minnesota: Singing River Publications, 2007).
National Music Museum