Giuseppe Baldantoni (1784-1873) was born, lived and worked in Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. He was a craftsman of various trades and a musician, but his early background and experience as a violin maker is not known. He seems to have had no contact with other professional makers apart from another local man named Nappi, who played and repaired violins. It is thought that some inspiration came from Antonio Bagatella’s treatise on violin construction compiled in Padua in 1786. His work is quite individual, but soundly made and certainly within the proper constraints of classical style. The arching is usually very low and the soundholes a little close to the edges. The scroll, characteristically, is quite broad across the front face, with prominent eyes. The varnish is rich and well-coloured and the standard of his output, which includes several double-basses, has a consistent and highly distinctive quality.
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