William Moennig & Son has closed its doors for business
January 11, 2010 at 3:39 AM
I am stunned...William Moennig & Son has closed its doors for business after 100 years. William Moennig & Son, Ltd. was one of America's oldest and most respected violin makers, restorers, experts and appraisers of fine classic stringed instruments.
My first personal experience was the purchase of a Bernard Millant violin bow in 1967; my last was the restoration of a Franz Winkler violin bow and a J. Jacques Millant violin bow (Bernard's cousin) in November 2008... IRONIC. I was always warmly welcomed when I visited the shop. Just breathing the air made me a better musician.
This article is from the December AFVBM (American Federation of Violin and Bow
Pamela Anderson has about forty-five names of people who worked at Moennig & Son over the years, including that of Sergio Peresson and Johannes Finkel. When the Wurlitzer shop losed, some workers came to Moennig and Son, including Robert Cauer and Ken Jacobs. Dario D'Attili also helped after hours to share knowledge of instrument identification. Several
This closure marks the end of an era.
From Tom Holzman
Posted on January 11, 2010 at 4:17 PM
Yikes! It was not clear from the article why it closed, although I can imagine some reasons.
From SAM MIHAILOFF
Posted on January 11, 2010 at 5:07 PM
From the information I have thus far gathered, I get the impression that the decision was not so much financial but more that the current generation of family was just not that interested in the business and wanted out.
From E. Smith
Posted on January 12, 2010 at 12:45 AM
I've been curious for about a month about the closure-- this is the first article I've seen. There was no notice in the local papers, strangely.
From Scott Cole
Posted on January 12, 2010 at 1:27 AM
I'm shocked. My first decent instrument, the one that saw me through school, was a Bill Moennig Jr. from 1949. I'm now playing a modern Italian my father had bought there in 1975.
I wonder if those tailpieces with the gold emblems will become collector's items....
From SAM MIHAILOFF
Posted on January 12, 2010 at 7:23 AM
No doubt...those tailpieces were the subtle "tell tale" sign of many an instrument from their shop. I am very glad that I never sold my Richard Grunke bow which is also branded "made especially for William Moennig & Son"...I have many of the copies of "World of Strings" as well as the wonderful Holiday cards sent...heck, their certificates are quite worthy of framing as art also. Sometimes being a pack rat is good :)
This has really affected me...Patelson's last year; what's next???
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