Alfredo Gianotti, Milan 1968

Alfredo Gianotti took up violinmaking while in a prison camp during World War II, making his first instrument in 1943. After the war, Gianotti received instruction from maker Renzo Bechini and started making violins, violas, and cellos professionally. He received many awards and acknowledgements for his instruments, including several gold medals and other distinctions in the Cremona Biennial and Triennial Competitions and other awards for contests in Pegli, Bagnacavallo, and Rome. The violin is in very good condition. It has a clear sound with excellent focus and brilliance. The varnish is a light yellow-orange color. The back is made from two pieces of interesting irregularly flamed maple with matching sides and scroll. The top is made from two pieces of spruce with medium grain widening at the edges.