(Paul) Max Otto
Though lesser known than his relative Louis Otto, Max lived a successful life as a violinmaker. He studied with Frederick Weller and Arthur Martin, and worked as an assistant for H. Güttler in Breslau, R. Heckel in Dresden and two years for Ernst Keßler in Berlin. In 1904 Max opened his own shop in Markneukirchen.
His signature is distinct with a cross going through the ‘O’ of his last name.