[Harp-L] re: Who on earth is Anton the Plumber?
Dave Payne writes:
"However, sorry if I wasn't clear, my question was about Anton
Richter bass violins. "
It was, but your basic misunderstanding of the harmonica history was
the part I felt like dealing with, since I have no knowledge of Anton
Richter stringed instruments, nor a particular desire to find out.
Still, I took about two minutes and did a Google search. There was a
musical family in the German speaking regions from the 18th through
20th centuries named Richter, mostly related to positions as
organists and Kapellmeisters. There seems to have been at least one
organbuilder in the family, and he could have possibly made other
instruments as well (which was not uncommon) particularly stringed or
free-reed keyboard instruments (depending on the dates of the
Also, it appears that the Anton Richter name is used for members of
all the orchestral strings, not just basses. I found no corporate
website as typing "www.antonrichter.com" redirected here:
Whether this has any relation to the Anton Richter violins is not
Mostly, it seems that Richter in general is not a rare name, and
"Anton Richter" a not uncommon variant, turning up architects,
musicians, homesteaders and others.
All of that has nothing whatsoever to do with the points I raised and
which you have conveniently ignored.
()() JR "Bulldogge" Ross
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