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Different but outstanding: German Musical Instrument Award for David Jünger, Buffet Crampon and Kühnl & Hoyer

14 Feb 2019

Good dynamics, excellent sound, exceptional handling. This year’s German Musical Instrument Award puts the spotlight on three outstanding yet completely different musical instruments. In the steel-string guitar (flattop, 6 strings), the winner by a clear margin was the MID-standard model by young guitar maker David Jünger. With all entries in the B♭ trumpet section setting a very high standard, the two winners, the B&S MBX ‘Heritage’ by Buffet Crampon and the ‘Topline G’ by Kühnl & Hoyer, achieved the same number of points.

Every year, the German Musical Instrument Award honours outstanding products made in Germany in different categories. The occasion and the setting for the renowned award is Musikmesse in Frankfurt, which opens its doors to an international audience of trade visitors from Tuesday 2 to Friday 5 April. The presentation ceremony with invited guests will be held in Room Dimension, Hall 4.2, on 5 April. The winning products will be on show in the foyer of Hall 4.1 throughout the fair.

Warmth and brilliance: ‘MID-standard’ steel-string guitar

A delight from the first note: the ‘MID-standard’ steel-string guitar entered by David Jünger stands out on all levels – playing, craftsmanship and objective testing. Musicians were particularly impressed by the instrument’s dynamics, which offer excellent tone development with a voluminous sound, as well as an extraordinary harmony of warmth and brilliance, even during loud passages. Praise was also reserved for the successful cutaway, the machine heads and the excellent saddle, which makes tuning easier. The maximum number of points given for, inter alia, volume, sustain, responsiveness and playability was confirmed by the first-class workmanship. With these ratings, the instrument made by David Jünger was able to distance itself clearly from its competitors for the German Musical Instrument Award.

David Jünger is an ambitious newcomer who has found his vocation in the field of instrument making. He was 15 when he made his first guitar. Subsequently, he learnt and gained experience at several guitar makers before studying musical-instrument making at the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau where he specialised in steel-string guitars and archtop jazz guitars. In 2013, he graduated with distinction as the best student of his year and was awarded the title of master craftsman shortly afterwards. Since the end of 2013, David Jünger has been producing hand-made guitars, as well as carrying out complex repair and restoration work, in his own workshop in Mossautal / Hiltersklingen in Germany’s Odenwald region.

Powerful sound: MBX ‘Heritage’ B♭ trumpet

The members of the jury gave the B&S MBX ‘Heritage’ trumpet made by Buffet Crampon Deutschland GmbH above-average ratings in all respects. They were particularly impressed by the pleasing tone, especially the deeper notes, which was coupled by a powerful sound and an excellent response. The deep notes were given the highest marks when it came to tuning, which was also given a high overall rating. The trumpet was described as easy to play and very balanced. All musicians said the valves were good. Also highly rated was the set of accessories, which includes valve caps and triggers for varying the properties of the instrument in many different ways.

The B&S brand emerged from the merger of several nationalised companies in 1953 to form the VEB Blechblas- und Signal-Instrumentenfabrik. After the fall of the Iron Curtain, this company became the Vogtländische Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH Markneukirchen (VMI). In 1991, IMM Musikinstrumenten Manufakturen GmbH took over VMI with Gerhard A. Meinl as CEO. Since 2012, B&S has been part of the international Buffet Crampon GmbH group of companies with some 900 employees from twelve countries. More than 460 employees work in the two production plants in Germany, Markneukirchen / Vogtland and Geretsried / Upper Bavaria.

Perfect handling: ‘Topline G’ B♭ trumpet

A high-quality instrument in classic jazz-trumpet design: the test musicians described the ‘Topline G’ trumpet of Kühnl & Hoyer Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH as being very balanced in all respects and with ideal handling. Singled out for particular praise was the outstanding response of the instrument, which was also confirmed by the expert opinions, and its extremely appealing appearance.

A family company, Kühnl & Hoyer Musikinstrumentenfabrik GmbH was founded by Adolf and Josef Kühnl and Emil Hoyer in 1948. For the first production plant, the town of Markt Erlbach made available a former shooting range, which was expanded for the first time in 1952 following an increase in demand for the company’s products. Emil Hoyer left the company in 1962. Today, it is managed in the third generation by Dieter Kühnl. In a combination of artisan musical-instrument making and the latest manufacturing processes, the company produces a variety of brass instruments including trumpets, cornets, flugelhorns, trombones, tenor and baritone horns, as well as signal and hunting horns. The high standard has been confirmed six times in the past with the selection of the company’s products for the German Musical Instrument Award.

Entries for the German Musical Instrument Award 2020

The categories chosen for the 30th edition of the renowned German Musical Instrument Award 2020 are double bass (5 string) and A clarinet (German system). The competition was initiated in 1991 by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie – BMWi) to draw attention to outstanding products in the musical-instrument sector. The instruments are not only judged by a jury of professional musicians and experts but also subjected to a variety of objective tests. The winners are honoured publicly at Musikmesse and invited to use the certificates and medals for their PR activities.

The closing date for the German Musical Instrument Award is 26 April 2019. Further information at and

Further information about Musikmesse Frankfurt at

Background information on Messe Frankfurt

Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. With over 2,500* employees at 30 locations, the company generates annual sales of around €715* million. Thanks to its far-reaching ties with the relevant sectors and to its international sales network, the Group looks after the business interests of its customers effectively. A comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services.
With its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent).

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* provisional figures 2018