Born in Kiev in 1896, Otakar Frantisek was the son, pupil and successor of Frantisek, he moved with his father from Ukraine to Prague in about 1907. His father died in 1916, leaving Otakar as the leading maker in the city at the age of 20. He went on to make particularly fine copies of classical instruments, and remains very highly regarded. He adopted plate-tuning methods devised by his cousin J. Vitacek. On his death in 1958 he was succeeded in turn by his son Premsyl.
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