Lothar Meisel was the ninth generation of violinmakers in his family, going back to 1660 in Klingenthal, Germany. He recalled with a smile the days as a young boy hiding under his grandfather's work bench and even in later years Lothar could recall the lay out of his grandfather's workshop. His grandfather was the designer of the Meisel violin, a model Lothar proudly made throughout his long career as craftsmen. In 1957, Lothar and his father started a business in America where they worked side by side until his father's passing in 1995. Lothar realized the importance of his family's history and began working on a book to chronicle their story, which was published in 2008.
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