The most important raw material for making stringed and plucked string instruments is wood. Of the wood depends the quality and
consequently, the value of an instrument. Only certain kinds of wood with specific characteristics are suitable for making instruments, thats why we talk of “tonewood”
As far back as 1905 Anton
Gleissner dedicated himself to this tonewood, setting up a tonewood business in the violin makers city of Schönbach. In 1933 his son Andreas Gleissner took over the firm, which had an excellent fame with stringed
and plucked string instrument makers.
In 1953 the Andreas Gleissner Company came to Bubenreuth passing by Eltersdorf. Since 1965 Manfred Gleissner continued running the business
for more than four decades.
Stefan Gleissner, who joined the company in 1994, today represents the fourth generation running the business.
The Andreas Gleissner OHG supplies tonewood for stringed
instruments, focussing solely on European woods, mainly spruce and maple.
Before leaving the house for subsequent processing the wood is being airdried and allowed to season for years.
special knowledge concerning purchase, processing and storage that have been gathered for generations, as well as the use of modern technology are the basis for the constantly high quality of the tonewood from the
house of Gleissner.