is a family of violin
makers. Members of the Klotz (or Kloz) family have made violins in Mittenwald, Germany
from the mid-1600s to the present. Dictionaries of violin makers list more than 25 artisans by this name.
Matthias I (1656-1743) founded the Mittenwald school of violin making after study with Jacob Stainer and Nicolo Amati.
- Mattias Klotz Geigenmacher zu Mittenwald an der Iser 1697
- Mathias Klotz Lauten und Geigenmacher in Mittenwald an der Iser Anno 1695
- Mathias Kloz Lautenmacher. A label of the family in Mittenwalt Anno 1725.
Instruments by Sebastian I (1696-1768) are probably the most admired among the many existing examples by this family. Some instruments which have been identified as Sebastian's work bear his father's label.
- Sebastian Klotz in Mittenwald an der Iser 1734
- Sebastian Kloz, in Mittenwald, an 1743
- Seb. G. Kloz in Mittenwald, 1732
Joseph (1743-1819), son of Sebastian, worked in a manner similar to that of his father.
The quality of their instruments varies enormously, and many inferior, unauthentic examples have labels bearing the Klotz name.
- Geigenmacher: violin maker
- Lautenmacher: lute maker
- See also Luthier