The Knutsen-Weissenborn Connection
by Gregg Miner, with Jonathan Kellerman, as part of
|Sorry to disappoint you, but the title is something
teaser. I am hoping for a volunteer to write a more detailed and
scholarly chapter on this topic
- there are several more knowledgeable than I, including, of course,
Tom Noe, whose book so ably begins the tale. In the meantime, I
wanted to share news of the instrument below, as it is a pretty interesting
bit of history for both Weissenborn and Knutsen researchers.
I also asked writer and Weissenborn collector/player Jonathan Kellerman to share the benefit of his considerable experience with these instruments. Jonathan has a wide range of Weissenborns from various years of production, and knows much more than I do! He also adds much in the way of valuable historical conjecture, continuing the saga of the much-hidden Knutsen-Weissenborn connection.
We begin with, simply this: a ladder-braced Weissenborn.
|The photos speak for themselves. They are from an
anonymous owner, who wondered about the bracing. As far as I
know, it is the only known ladder-braced Weissenborn - all others are
X-braced. As everyone knows, Knutsen's Hawaiians were also
ladder-braced, with various sloppy variations. His backs were either
straight or slanted.
To me, this depicts an obvious early Weissenborn - when Hermann either copied Knutsen's bracing, or was perhaps even instructed or helped by Knutsen, as he built his first instruments. The ultra-thin body is also believed to be an early-Weissenborn-period form. But I'll let Jonathan take over from here. -GM
Weissenborn in his shop, circa 1929
Thanks to Darrell Urbien
for finding and Photoshopping this wonderful image.
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