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Provenance: San Benedetto del Tronto
Maker: Lodovico Giovannetti
Length of back: 35,9 cm
Year: 1955
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Italian violin by Lodovico Giovannetti, 1955 (certificate Castelli)

Here we present a unique piece by a little-known Italian luthier who lived and worked in San Benedetto del Tronto since 1949. “Il dottore” Lodovico Giovannetti (*1893 in Montefiore dell'Aso) was one of the key figures in the cultural life of the rurally oriented province of Ascoli Piceno in central Italy; the composer and musician Giovanni Tebaldini ranked amongst his circle of friends. Little is known about his training as a craftsman, although this late violin of the maker who died in 1967 shows that he was governed by both a profound understanding of his art as well as an uncompromising sense of quality. The moderately-grained spruce Giovannetti used to craft the top is a wood that grew very evenly and is quite rare in its premium quality. He chose a gently flamed maple for the two-piece back, and for the ribs and scroll he even chose unflamed maple; in doing so, he deliberately relinquished the opportunity to include spectacular aesthetic effects, given the excellent resonant properties of these woods. The body shows a highly personalized model with blunt corners and small sound holes; the reddish-brown oil varnish is remarkable in its transparency and radiance. The experts at our restoration studio meticulously made some tonally important adjustments, and now this powerful Italian violin is ready to play. Its outstanding voice with its typically Italian character has earned our special recommendation. A 1950 violin by Lodovico Giovannetti is featured in Florian Leonhard's book "The Makers of Central Italy".
The price includes a certificate by Piero Castelli, Ascoli Piceno.

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