A Violin by Mario Gadda

Violin by Mario Gadda, Mantua, c. 1980

This Gaetano Gadda model violin was crafted by the hands of a Mantuan Master Maker. Mario`s characteristic craftsmanship is prominent in this instrument. In our opinion, its highlights are its intense, glossy, deep red varnish and deeply flamed back maple piece. More

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    This very distinctive violin clearly has its roots deep down in the 20th century Mantuan violin-making tradition, following the style and school of Stefano Scarampella. Despite its label and the certificate from the maker Mario Gadda attesting the violin's authorship to his father Gaetano, the craftsmanship, its aesthetic characteristics, and general condition confirm that the instrument was actually built by Mario himself. This was, most probably, an attempt to increase the instrument's value at the time.

    Mario Gadda

    Born in Mantua in 1931, Mario Gadda started his studies in violin making with his father Gaetano Gadda at the age of 16. Known worldwide he made around 500 instruments to players and orchestras.Learn more


    Back Length
    355 mm
    Upper Bout
    165 mm
    Center Bout
    113 mm
    Lower Bout
    205 mm
    String Length
    328 mm

    sound characteristics

    Bright, sweet and round.

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