Rodolfo Tramonti, born 1901, lived and worked in Forli, Italy. Among Tramonti’s contemporaries were the makers Armando Barbieri and Giuseppe Paganini. Tramonti was a skilled violin restorer and maker, earning a gold medal for the instrument he submitted at Bolzano in 1931 and silver medals at Rome and Padua. His work was inspired by classic Stradivarius designs, and he commonly used oil-based, red varnish to finish is instruments. As of 1950, he crafted a total of 165 violins. He later passed away in 1996.