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During Baroque period the first great master makers of musical instruments appeared  and  they are considered as pioneers to their field nowadays.

Antonio Stradivari ( 1644-1737)
He was an Italian crafter of string instruments, and he is considered  the most significant in this field . He made violins, violas, cellos, guitars and harps. It is estimated that  he made 1000 - 1100  instruments, however only  650 of them  survive today . Most of them  are violins (about 450-500). He was born in 1644, a fact deducible from later violins. However, there are no records or information available on his early childhood, and the first evidence of his presence in Cremona is the label of his oldest surviving violin from 1666 He  may had been a pupil of Nicolo Amati, famous luthier  of that era. Antonio  had been married 2 times and he had 11 children  two  of which were also instrument makers.

Renatus Harris (ca. 1652 - 1724)
from wikipedia the free encyclopedia

He  was a master organ maker in England in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. During the period of the Commonwealth, in the mid seventeenth century, Puritans controlled the country and organ music was banned in churches. Many organ makers left England for the continent, including Harris's father, Thomas. It was while the family was living in France that Harris was born. After the Restoration the family returned to England.
Harris grew up in his father's business and eventually became one of the two most prominent organ builders of his generation, along with his hated rival "Father" Bernard Smith. Harris had a flair for publicity and was not above using under-hand tactics against Smith. Harris's grandfather Renatus was also an organ maker, as were Renatus Harris's two sons (one also called Renatus).He died at Salisbury in August or September, 1724


from wikipedia the free encyclopedia

The Ruckers family (variants: Ruckaert, Ruckaerts, Rucqueer, Rueckers, Ruekaerts, Ruijkers, Rukkers, Rycardt) were Flemish harpsichord and virginal makers based in Antwerp in the 16th and 17th century. Their influence stretched well into the 18th century, and to the harpsichord revival of the 20th.
The Ruckers family contributed immeasurably to the harpsichord's technical development, pioneering the addition of a second manual; the quality of their instruments is such that the name of Ruckers is as important to early keyboard instruments as that of Stradivarius is to the violin family

                       Dietrich Buxtehude Cembalo Works,Lars Ulrich Mortensen

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