Liuteria Parmense

March 11, 2007 at 11:18 PM · For those who are interested in history of violin making, here is a wonderful site celebrating the violin making tradition of the Piedmontese School from 17th century to the present.

The patriarchs of this school include Guadagini, Felix Mori Costa, Gaspare Lorenzini, Ferdinando and Giovanni Leoni, Giuseppe Tarasconi, Raffaele Fiorini, Carlettis, the Pollastris, Monterumici, Cesare Candi and Otello Bignami.

"Raffaele Fiorini's son, Giuseppe, on the contrary, gave birth to a different approach, aiming above all to recover the methods of classical violin-making, and was followed by Ansaldo Poggi, Simone Ferdinando Sacconi and Giancarlo Giucciardi.

In Parma the 20th century tradition commenced with Gaetano Sgarabotto, who served his apprenticeship in the workshop of the Bisiachs, and can therefore be traced back to a Milanese origin." -

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March 12, 2007 at 03:01 PM ·

March 12, 2007 at 06:02 PM · yes, superb maker.

There are others that are excellent of the same period:

A. Poggi, Antoniazzi, Sgarabotto, Ornati, Garimberti, Giuseppe Pedrazzini, Carlo Bisiach, Igino Sderci, G. Lucci, O. Bignami.

Here are some informative sites as well as publications on the Bolognese violin making:

March 24, 2007 at 02:54 PM ·

April 4, 2007 at 01:19 PM ·

April 5, 2007 at 05:10 AM · I think that G. Fiorini and A. Poggi are probably the heavyweights of the pack (Bolognese makers).

April 5, 2007 at 12:07 PM ·

April 5, 2007 at 03:39 PM · It's trends like in anything else. Today it's Coca Cola, tomorrow it's


As far as Antoniazzi:

"As is known, after the death of the last great Cremonese Masters after the middle of the 18th century, only the Cerutis remained in Cremona to prevent that memorable tradition from dying out completely. It was the Antoniazzis who undertook the task of transferring the scant knowledge saved from oblivion from Cremona to Milan." - Liuteria Parmense

April 6, 2007 at 12:10 PM ·

April 6, 2007 at 02:56 PM · Yes you read it right about D. P.

Rocchi is a powerful fiddle (with lots of thickness on it).

I think Melanese have been treated very well in the market.....

April 6, 2007 at 04:17 PM ·

April 6, 2007 at 09:04 PM · I'll keep you posted. You could have a nice copy made by Paul Siefried?

April 6, 2007 at 11:31 PM ·

April 7, 2007 at 01:33 AM · Paul just made a frog copy (for a friend of mine) for a Tourte bow that is just superb.

April 7, 2007 at 02:39 PM ·

April 7, 2007 at 04:11 PM · Peter, i did email you Paul's info. did you get my email?

April 7, 2007 at 06:05 PM · No I haven't received anything Gennady....

April 7, 2007 at 06:44 PM · I emailed via

Perhaps you should update your email address in your profile section.

April 8, 2007 at 12:33 AM ·

April 14, 2007 at 11:26 AM · Do you have that article Gennady? I would love to read it....

April 14, 2007 at 03:55 PM · which article are you referring to.....?

April 15, 2007 at 12:47 PM ·

April 15, 2007 at 05:34 PM · I've had work done by him, and have many friends who have as well. His own bows are excellent and beautiful as well.

I have emailed you the info again. let me know if you got it.

April 15, 2007 at 11:58 PM · Thank you again Gennady for the address and I will be in touch with Paul this week.

April 18, 2007 at 04:24 AM · BTW,

getting back to the makers of Bologna.

Did I mention that Giuseppe Fiorini is considered one of Italy's great masters of the 20th century.

April 18, 2007 at 10:53 PM ·

May 1, 2007 at 03:26 PM ·

May 1, 2007 at 07:53 PM · i do know colleagues who play them.

It would be nice to see who else on plays one.

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