I am going to the 2017 Mondomusica at Cremona, Italy which is scheduled from Sept. 29 to Oct. 1, 2017 (I will stay a little longer).
This will be my first visit to Mondomusica. The exhibitor list is rather long and overwhelming for a three-day event. What was your experience with the past Mondomusica shows? Do you have any suggestions/tips on things to do (or not to do), or any recommendations on good maker booths to visit? Your help will be greatly appreciated.
It depends on the purpose of your visit. Mondomusica has become something like a scaled-down version of the Frankfurt Messe: you'll find pianos, brass, guitars, sheet music, factory-made violins, luthier tools, tonewoods...
I was last there about 15 years ago. I saw a beautiful double case, for a reasonable price, by Mr Musafia. I still kick myself that I didn't buy it, or introduce myself!
I was at Mondomusica in New York a few years back, but it sounds like the show in Cremona is very different. Personally, I wandered the exhibit hall trying everything I could get my hands on. The number of contemporary instruments on exhibit was overwhelming, though; there, I focused on makers who had won tone awards or were otherwise notable. Tried a nice David Burgess, among others!
Here's the exhibitor list for the 2017 edition:
I have been visiting Mondomusica for many years now. As said before, there are many more great makers to visit in the city who don't exhibit in the fiere, but also some makers that you shouldn't miss inside the exhibition, like Danielle Tonarelli, Charles Coquet or Gonzalo Bayolo to name a few, some of them awarded with medals in past Triennale Cremona Competitions. And of course, don't miss Bears and Florian Leonhard, they always bring a fantastic collection of old and modern instruments.
I usually go to Mondomusica with my luthier, just to find some discounted "something", like pieces of wood, some interesting accessory, etc.
I think that Mondomusica (at least in the NYC incarnation I went to) offered an unparalleled opportunity to try a
Hi Xi Wang,
By the way Folks,
Thanks for the kind invitation Davide. I'll be sure to drop in!
I had the pleasure to look at a Sora violin once. I was impressed by the great craftmenship!
@ Xi Wang
Today i "knew" that i'll be visiting Mondomusica in Cremona on Fri 29, me and my luthier.
Hello Marco, sorry for the late answer (maybe too late...), but these are busy days.
Now that Mondomusica, a.k.a. Cremona Musica, is over, anyone want to give their opinion?
I'm reading only now, Davide Sora....... :)
@Marco "in average, italian builders and sellers (mainly cremonese ones) need to learn the concept of "marketing" from who really can do it well"
Pratically all the boots with italian luthiers and bowmakers have people (not always the maker, but "stand-people") that are not there to "show" things in the proper way. Often the impression i get is that they're even bored by people who ask things .... :)
I'm adding something:
Interesting observation Marco, I wonder if this is because many "local" makers weren't "invested" in attending the show, and rather went because it was just there, and had little incentive to pursue new markets.
The Italian makers present spent a few thousand Euros to pay for their booth, I wouldn't think that they suddenly became uninterested and unincentivated...
This is my average experience, not only this year.
@dimitri: i can explain only if i suppose (for value that it can be) that many italian professional luthiers, mainly cremonese ones, live on the "name" that cremonese luthiery has in the world.
Well, Marco, the fact is that the best Cremonese instruments and bows are not exhibited at Mondomusica at all. Read the exhibitor list, and you'll see that none of the big names are present with a booth. If you want the highest quality, you won't find it there.
Dimitri, your kind explanation goes together well with my observations, in the end..... :)
Unfortunately, I also fully agree with what was said by Dimitri in the previous post.
Marco, how was the gala concert? I was there in 2008, and I remember the concert was fabulous. Fine Arts Quartet performed on some wining instruments at Teatro Ponchielli. It was the high point of my trip. I wasn't in the market for a new violin then, and frankly, I was too intimidated to try any violin there. But I was impressed by how well the event was organized.
It is a shame it is in decline. I remember trying many new Italian violins of impressive quality back in 2003. All they needed was 300 years of playing ;-)
@Yixi: usually i don't have enought time to listen to the concerts, inside, outside, etc.
Please tell Marco. I am interested. We are thinking about going to the event next year during our Italy trip.
I always spend a lot of time with Bernd Müsing, that i define as a very nice person, when i visit Mondomusica every year.
Marco, thanks for the additional information. When you tested a bow, did you get to play it on your violin? Did you take the bow home to try and to compare with other bows you have? At this price range, I would test it against a whole bunch of bows, blind, before considering.
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