Gaetano Gadda Violin 1955
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Gaetano Gadda (1900 - 1956)
Gaetano Gadda is an Italian luthier born in 1900. He started at the young age of 15 and became the apprentice of Stefano Scarampella. He worked from 1919 to 1925 where he became the manager of the firm in 1924. His productivity is incredible producing one violin a month in exchange for tools and moulds. He kept this level of productivity throughout his life, making around 20 instruments yearly.
The improvement of his craftsmanship is consistent, and by the Second World War, his instruments were considered to be among the best of the 20th-century Italian school, often copied by later makers, including his son Mario. He often used deeply flamed maple and oppio, usually in two pieces. Gadda applied lush varnish to his instruments, which by the 1940s bore his initials "G.G." He never left Mantua, where he died in 1956.
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