Oral History Information
Hagen Weise was born in Dresden. He shares his experience of his apprenticeship at Musima in a state run production in East Germany before 1989. Per day, four-hundred classical guitars were built until the material allotted for the day was used up. The guitar makers sometimes finished their work at 2 PM. After reunification Hagen Weise moved to Bubenreuth and started working at the Paesold workshop where he switched to making violins. In 2004 he received his master diploma. A colleague who worked at Höfner Klaus Clement and Hagen decided to open their own shop. Today Hagen Weise works by himself and makes 150 to 200 violins per year.