I Segreti di Sgarabotto


Gaetano Sgarabotto, one of the most greatly admired violin makers in the first half of the twentieth century, revealed his “secrets” to his son Pietro. After transcribing his father’s knowledge and practices in several notebooks, in 1936 Pietro compiled the first modern Italian manual on making bowed instruments, now published here for the first time. By documenting Gaetano’s activities as a restorer, imitator and scholar, who not only meticulously made notes but also gathered fragments and casts, Pietro’s writings were an ambitious attempt to revive classical violin making, foreshadowing Simone Fernando Sacconi and his “Secrets of Stradivari”.

I Segreti di Sgarabotto

Edizioni Scrollavezza & Zanrè, edited by Andrea Zanrè

  • Over 50 replicas and 35 new instruments illustrating the careers of Gaetano, Pietro and their followers.
  • Comprehensive biography and historical context survey supported by new archival research.
  • Extensive coverage of materials originating from the Sgarabotto workshop: notebooks, casts of classical parts, and the violin making manual “Teorico e pratico di liuteria”, drawn in 1936 and previously unpublished.
  • Scientific analyses by the Laboratori Arvedi (Museo del Violino) of the coatings of classical instruments’ parts collected by Sgarabotto.
  • De Luxe edition only, 656 pages in 32 by 23,5 cm format.
  • Printing limited to 400 numbered copies, texts in Italian and English.
  • Cover price 300 € plus 4% VAT (if applicable) and shipping cost. Special launch price, valid through Nov. 1, 2019: 220 €.