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Erwin von Grüner (1925—2001) was born in Teplitz (Teplice), where his father worked as a luthier and owned a music shop. In 1951 he moved to Franconia, where many other German refugees from Bohemia had settled. There he found work at the Fred A. Wilfers musical instrument factory, later renamed FRAMUS, which at that time specialized in manufacturing violins. In 1954 von Grüner opened his own atelier in Baiersdorf.