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The Höfner company was founded by Karl Höfner (1864 – 1955) who, having been apprenticed to Anton Schaller as a violin maker, sold his first violins in 1887. Reputation grew as instruments of the finest quality were sold throughout Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia and other European countries. Today, Höfner have not only a European reputation but a world-wide one as manufacturers of quality stringed instruments. Höfner offer a range of quality factory and hand built classical guitars that are suitable for everyone from beginners to professional players. The HC or Carmencita range are designed for beginners and the Classic series are handmade in Germany.