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... founded the company in Schönbach which was in Germany in 1887.


He became the largest manufacturer of string instruments in the country and his two sons Josef and Walter joined the company just after the 1st WW taking the Hofner brand's reputation round the world.


After the turbulence of World War II the company moved in 1950 to Bubenreuth  in Western Germany.


Karl Höfner

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Do you have a pre 1940's banjo by this maker?  can you supply us some images?

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