We've just received a new violin from one of our favorite Italian makers, Marco Cargnelutti.
This very fine violin is his first violin completed in 2021, (the label says 2020, which is when it was sealed) and as always, is an absolute masterpiece from scroll to end button. It is made with extraordinary attention to detail, replicating Strad's Toscano 1690 pattern. Marco is constantly working on improving the sound of his instruments, experimenting with new archings, thicknesses, and internal block shapes resulting one of his finest instruments so far.
The violin is finished with beautiful Cocobolo wood fittings and is set up with Evah Pirazzi Gold strings.
About the maker Marco Cargnelutti
Born in 1983 in Gemona Del Friuli (UD), a small town about 100km north-east of Venice, his interest in violin making began after visiting a workshop in his region. Marco attended the A. Stradivari International Violin Making School in Cremona under the guidance of several Masters (Angelo Sperzaga, Wanna Zambelli, Massimo Negroni, Luca Bellini and Daniele Scolari). There he learned the Cremonese traditional construction of bowed string instruments.
He graduated in 2012, and soon after took apprenticeships in two workshops in Cremona with Giorgio Scolari and Luca Bellini. At the same time he had the opportunity to learn from other Cremonese violin makers, such as Davide Sora, continuing advanced acoustic and aesthetic research in his hometown.
For his instruments he uses only carefully chosen seasoned wood, paying particular attention to its acoustical properties.
At the beginning of 2015 he opens his workshop in Gemona del Friuli, where he builds violins, violas and cellos mainly based on Stradivarius models, and paying particular attention to great Masters of the last century, such as G. Ornati and F. Garimberti.
Since 2015 he has been a member of the Associazione Liutaria Italiana - Liutai Professionisti (A.L.I.)
This violin in its beauty and tone brings tears to my eyes everytime I look at it, touch it and play it. The artistry and tone are beyond compare. The cocobolo fittings add a dark contrast to the orange colored varnish. I am in love with this violin!