John Schroepfer Violin #76


This is my favourite violin. I purchased it from Ed Schroepfer in 1990. It was hand made in 1932 by John Schroepfer of Antigo, Wisconsin.

As you can see it has a nicely flamed one piece maple back.

It has a wonderful tone, great resonance and lots of volume.

The original graduation plans that Jim Novak acquired from Ed Schroepfer's estate. Measurements are in 64ths of an inch.


Here is a picture from 1986 of Ed Schroepfer, John's son. He is holding #76 and #90, one other his father made for Ed's sister.

It had St.Cecilia painted in Indian ink on the back and angels on the front.


University of Wisconsin, Madison, selected two of John's violins out of 27 others for the school orchestra.


In his luthier career John made 156 violins.

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Taken from the book "The Violin Makers of the United States". Thanks to Steve Eddy.

The information was not quite correct.


Here is he correct information from "The Dictionary of Violin Makers". Notice they misspelled Schroepfer and Antigo.

Thanks to Jim Novak for the correct information.