Violins from Vittorio & Marcello Villa

November 28, 2004 at 08:29 PM · Has anybody tried their instruments?

Which copy did they make, Strad or Guarneri or any other markers? Please discuss

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November 28, 2004 at 10:05 PM · I have played probably close to thirty Villas in the past five years. They work from both Stradivari and Guarneri patterns. Their workmanship is clean and honest, and, in my opinion, is among the best in Cremona today. The tone of their instruments is pure, rich, and responsive. I know of several professionals who, after becoming frustrated with their frail antiques, have traded them for Villas, all of whom have been extremely satisfied.


December 13, 2004 at 07:59 PM · I bought a Marcello Villa violin lately ; the sound is loud and clear ; the varnish

nice and the accessories are well adapted to the violin;

the violin is made on a strad model but it is a very personalized Villa style


December 20, 2004 at 05:32 AM · Just played a Marcello this week. It is clear that this violin was artfully conceived as a whole; its every detail speaks to the vision of the instrument's higher individuality.

The G-string was notably exceptional, with a hint of "sizzle" in the upper registers. The middle strings were clear, with a luscious "plumpness" in the middle of the D, rather tenor in effect. The E, very bell-like and pure, had a great reserve for the demand of volume.

I pray that it falls into fitting and caring hands, so that it is allowed to "break in" properly, and begin to realize its latent potential.


January 3, 2005 at 02:47 AM · Carl, I see you are from Australia. I believe the younger Villa (Vittorio) has a couple of violins with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; from memory one is called "Marcus". I have recently rec'd a commissioned violin from Marcello and have gone back to him to have another made from twin wood. He is a delight to deal with and keeps in regular contact through the selection of wood, making process and sends a CD showing all the steps in the construction. If you want further comments see my post under another thread "Contemporary violin? luthiers?" about five headings above this discussion. You may contact me directly if you wish to discuss privately.

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