• Martin Stoss

  • Location: Fussen, Germany
  • Dates: b.1778, d.1838

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 Biography of Martin Stoss

The Brompton’s Book of Violin & Bow Makers

Author: John Dilworth

Martin (Johann Martin) Born 1778 Füssen, died 1838 Vienna Austria. Son of Magnus Stephan Stoss, above. Initially established in Lerchenfeld but driven out by the Napoleonic army 1809. Moved to Vienna where he gained his citizenship 1811; soon acknowledged as the best maker and connoisseur in the city. Appointed luthier to the court. After his death the business was continued by his widow under the management of his apprentice Anton Hofmann. The shop became known as Stoss und Hofmann. Wonderful work on classical Cremonese models. Cellos greatly sought after. Also made viols and plucked instruments. Early work maintains a disappointing Tyrolean dark brown varnish but in Viennese period found a

 Biography of Martin Stoss

Die Geigen- und Lautenmacher vom Mittelalter bis zur Gegenwart

Author: Willibald Leo Lütgendorff

Sohn von Magnus Steph. Stoss in Füssen. Er liess sich frühzeitig in Wien nieder und war mit Anna Dangl aus Wien (geb. 1781, f 1854) verheirathet. Er wohnte zuerst St. Ulrich No. 4, von 1826—1830 No. 70 und vorher Breunerstr. No. 1209. Am 25. Juli 1811 legte er den Bürgereid ab, er gilt als einer der besten Geigenmacher Wiens vom Anfang des 19. Jahrhunderts und war auch Hof- Geigenmacher und beeideter Schatzmeister. Er arbeitete nach dem Stradivari-Modell, doch war er kein Künstler im Lackiren. Er befasste sich viel mit Versuchen, den Stimmstock zu verändern Um die Spannung auszugleichen, wollte er einen Stimmstock erfinden, den man im Innern nach Belieben verlängern oder verkürzen konnte.

 Biography of Martin Stoss

The Violin

Author: George Hart

Flat model, good workmanship. Stradivari model, indifferent varnish.

 Biography of Martin Stoss

Critical & Documentary Dictionary Of Violin Makers Old & Modern

Author: Henri Poidras

Vienna 1778-1838. Stradivarius model. Varnish devoid of qualities.

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