The production of instrument strings has a very special tradition in Vogtland.

Vogtland´s string-makers were studying the techniques in Italy as early as the 17th century.

A string-makers´guild was founded in Vogtland as early as 1777.

With the exception of piano strings, all kinds of instrument strings are being made in Markneukirchen and the surrounding ares today.


[Translate to Englisch:] Saitenmachermeister Wolfgang Frank
String maker Wolfgang Frank

Wolfgang Frank

Instrument strings - technical gut strings in the 3rd generation

  • 1919 Company founded by string- maker Ernst Frank
  • Company taken over by son, master craftsman Gerhard Frank
  • 1950 Wolfgang Frank is born
  • 1989 son and master craftsman Wolfgang Frank takes over the running of the company
  • 1982 Master craftsman´s certificate 
  • Self-employed since 1989


Optima Musiksaiten GmbH

Founded in Markneukirchen in 1920

  • Manufacturer of instrument strings in Geretsried / Upper Bavaria since 1950
  • Production was under the name of Maxima ( Max Meinel Markneukirchen ) up until the early 2000, was later renamed
  • In 2015 Optima Lenzner Musiksaiten took over Leonhardt GmbH Markneukirchen
  • Optima produces in Geretsried and Markneukirchen


Strings have been produced in the Markneukirchen area for more than 250 years

  • Based upon this long tradition, Lenzner Saitenmanufactur Reinhard Renz e.K. manufactures instrument string of all types
  • The portfolio ranges from strings for bowed and plucked instruments, through to strings for lyres, kanteles and harps, right up to technical strings
  • The range is also expanded by custmised strings for special uses
  • The zither string model "Soloklang", "Fisoma" and the bass strings "Supersolo" are very highly regarded