Antonio Stradivari, 1644 – 18 December 1737) was an Italian luthier and a crafter of string instruments such as violins, cellos, guitars, violas, and harps. Stradivari is generally considered the most significant and greatest artisan in this field.
Nicola Amati was the fourth son of Girolamo Amati and the grandson of Andrea Amati, the founder of the Amati Family of violin makers. Of all the Amati Family violins, those of Nicola are often considered most suitable for modern playing.
Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (October 7, 1798 – March 19, 1875) was an illustrious French luthier. He made over 3,000 instruments and was also a fine businessman and an inventor.