Riccardo Bergonzi violin

January 1, 2006 at 03:46 AM · Hello fellow violinists, does anyone out there know anything about Riccardo Bergonzi violins? (Playability, tone, value, etc?) Thanks much!

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January 1, 2006 at 05:12 PM · one of the best contemporary Italian makers.

Much appreciated in playing qualities as well as value.

January 1, 2006 at 05:41 PM · Whenever the Annual Cremona Exhibition of violins hits the the Washington, D.C. area (the Brobst violin shop), I try out this makers violins first. He is one of the better Italian makers around today. The other maker I always check out is Maurizio Tadioli. His instruments are always exceptional to look at.

January 2, 2006 at 03:20 PM · I've played several of Bergonzi's instruments. His workmanship is neatly and skillfully done. I recall the G-string of one violin as being particularly powerful and responsive.

I play a Marco Nolli from 2001. I can also highly recommend Roberto Collini's work; the violins that I have played all displayed a beautifully brilliant voice, with a solid, well-developed core.


January 2, 2006 at 06:01 PM · I'd get one just because the name sounds wicked.

January 5, 2006 at 03:11 AM · No relation, I would assume?

January 9, 2006 at 04:13 AM · Is that Carlo's less talented brother? I have a 1733 Carlo Bergonzi (genuine)

January 10, 2006 at 03:40 AM · With a name like Bergonzi who wouldn't at least try one out, much less purchase one. Is there any lineal heritage here? Just thinking out loud.

January 25, 2006 at 05:47 AM · I have visit Riccardo Bergonzi's shop in Cremona a few months ago. He told me that he is the descent of Carlo Bergonzi. I have acquired one of Riccardo's early work, a violin made in 1997.

Riccardo has won an Italina violin making competition when he was only 15.

Light golden yellow color, magnificent flaming in the back panel. Very powerful, quick response, the G string need to be played. Quite a few professional players asked me if that violin is for sale. They just love it. They felt so disappointed when they learned it's for my personal collection only.

I have a special with a horizontal "mascatura" (a prominant wood text strip, seen as horizontal lines in the front panel. Quite a few of Strad carry Mascatura in the front panel, Mascatura helps out the lateral sound projection.

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