Martin Hoffmann / in Leipzig 1699 [printed except 99]
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Private owner, Baden Württemberg; Dr. Ewald Gutbier, Marburg/Lahn
Martius 2015, pp. 338-39; K. Martius to TGM, 1/14; museum website
Martius 2015, pp. 338-39
On museum’s website (FB+S, head 3/4 [color]); Martius 2015, pp. 338-39 (FB+S, head 7/8, X-ray of rosette and bass bar, label [color])
Martius MH 8. Table with double purfling, rosette, and short, original, integral bass bar; back with ink purfling and 3 crossbars in addition to soundpost plate. Originally had a through-neck, of which only the foot remains; current neck grafted to an unusually long pegbox with holes for 8 pegs (of which the highest and lowest now plugged) and carvings on all sides, topped by a French-style head (clearly not original; perhaps 18th-C.). Extensively restored by G. Hellwig in 1937-38. Back widths 25.5/19.1/30.6. Dendrochronology (by Peter Klein) gives date of 1692 for youngest growth ring on table.Drawing by Ute Singer at museum; restoration report and related correspondence (excerpts p. 340) in Hellwig Nachlaß at GNM, Nuremberg. Museum website: Fingerboard and tailpiece brown with black edges; blond pegs. Purchased in 2007. Hellwig 2011, p. 313 cites it as similar to TieWV 87 (RUH 3), whose body length is only 57.4 cm.