Luigi Mingazzi Violin, 1927


Luigi Mingazzi (b.1859, d.1933) was a self-taught luthier from Ravenna. He worked as a gardener while studying the violin musically and found ways to craft any instrument that he enjoyed playing. He may have drawn inspiration from Soffritti and Pollastri in his techniques and style, and his results were very successful. Mingazzi labels are known for their characteristic blue ink, and he is the only luthier from nineteenth-century Ravenna.

This Mingazzi violin is crafted from traditional fine-grain spruce and curled maple coated with a rich, golden varnish that tends reddish-brown in color. It is a fine, well-crafted piece, being both responsive and playable. Any musician will appreciate its ringing tone and soulful expressiveness.


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