Ekkard Seidl completed his training as a journeyman and master craftsman in Markneukirchen and further developed his craftsmanship by spending numerous periods abroad. His string instruments are based on classic Italian models (Andrea Amati, Nicolo Amati, Antonius brothers, Hieronymus Amati, Guarneri del Gesù, Antonio Stradivari, Giovanni Paolo Maggini) and on those of former master craftsmen from Germany’s Vogtland region (Johann Georg Schönfelder II). He has drawn on the knowledge of the old masters when developing his own models for the violin, viola, cello and viola d’amore. His independently designed instruments for children (from 1/8 size upwards) give young musicians the best possible start in developing future skills. His repair and restoration work benefits extensively from his experience of building new instruments, while Ekkard Seidl’s understanding of the intricacies of restoration work enhances the construction of new instruments. The two fields of work are thus mutually enriching – to the delight of his customers.