Originally Posted by Eric Hochberg
Juzek was a violin maker, just didn't make basses. Supposedly Wilfer made the carved Juzek labeled basses that were imported into New York. I don't think you are saying Hofner basses are all hand made? I assume they are predominantly factory made. Did Karl Hofner make a bass himself?
The Juzek labelled DBs came from Wilfer and from Lang and yeah, I thought we were discussing basses, not violins.
What do you mean by "hand made"? All of those basses from the twentieth century were built by men's hands, without benefit of CNC machines and without much power tool intervention. The lower models were built in a collective fashion, the master models benefited from better woods and the master's touch.
The Wilfer family's been making basses since 1905 and the basses are still made to the same outline on the same moulds. The photo of the violin-cornered bass on their current website is exactly the same shape as my 'Johan Rauner' labelled bass but the woods in mine are nicer!
German Hofners, Pfretschners of the twentieth century were all made the same way, with guys who were sawyers, guys who carved scrolls, guys who bent ribs, etc.
New Hofners are made in China, where they are still assembled and finished the old labour intensive way. The same way (if not to the same quality standards!) that Wilfers are currently being made in Germany and Upton basses are being built in Stonington, Connecticut.