Born in 1843, Heinrich Theodor Heberlein Jr. was immersed in the art of violin making his entire life, working first for his father, the respected Markneukirchen maker Carl August Heberlein. A careful and serious maker, he moved to Leipzig to work for Bausch and then Hanover where he studied with August Reichers. Establishing his own shop in 1863, Heinrich worked in the shop and taught at the Markneukirchen Violin Making School until retiring in 1897. His sons Paul Wilhelm and Albert Theodor took up the workshop continuing to use their father's name for the violins produced there
The Heberlein Workshop
The first Markneukirchen firm to artfully combine mastery of violin making with sound business practices, the great reputation of the Heberlein Workshop has lasted to the present day. Founded upon the principles of his family's violin making traditions, the company was started by Heinrich Theodore Heberlein Jr., who was born in Markneukirchen in 1843. His reputation quickly grew, with dozens of awards and medals to follow. Adherence to the highest possible quality standards, in wood selection, craftsmanship, varnish and finishing, and especially superior tone, was noticed in international markets. In the United States, the Wurlitzer Company represented Heberlein Workshop instruments, proclaiming them as the "highest grades acknowledged to be the grandest tone instruments produced". Indeed, today's experts consider them among the preeminent German instruments.
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