giogio gavelli viola

January 31, 2018, 3:06 AM · My wife recently purchased a "new" viola in Portugal. It had sat in the shop for 16 years. The owners of the shop didn't know anything about the violin as it was purchased from another shop that had closed down.

The brand/luthier of the viola is giogio gavelli - it is a printed label on the inside of the viola. I searched on the internet and found zero information. Would anyone know any information about this brand/luthier of violins/violas?
Thank you.

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Edited: January 31, 2018, 8:39 AM · There was a Giacomo Gavelli Italian violin maker in the mid 18th century (1730 - 1780). It is not unknown for some of the current Italian makers to adapt famous (and obscure) names from the past (for example, "Bergonzi". Some of those are quite good with violins going for $20,000+ and cellos for more than $30,000 (especially the "Bergonzis").

And, of course, it could be a factory fiddle, too, but then you would expect some internet presence.

There have been fine instruments made in Portugal. The most famous family is Capela ( http://upmagazine-tap.com/en/pt_artigos/capela-the-violin-maker/ ).

February 5, 2018, 7:15 AM · Thank you Andrew for your reply.

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