An influential maker of the Hungarian school, Tóth was born in Magyarkanizsa in 1875 and studied with Johann Braun in Szeged and then alongside Braun with Ignaz Lutz in Vienna. After brief experience in London and Paris, he settled in Budapest in 1910 in Kossuth Lajos Street. His second wife Ilona Martá took over the business after his death in 1944. An ingenious craftsman, he also wrote several published texts on the violin, and made use of various unusual techniques and materials. His most common model is a copy of Guarneri del Gesù, but others are found.
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