our models

Nicolò Amati, Cremona - 1646 and Antonio Stradivari, Cremona - 1708

Scrollavezza & Zanrè instruments may be commissioned choosing from a selection of approximately fifty different models of violins, violas and cellos. These models are derived from the direct meticulous documentation of the best examples of violin making of the past. In fact, interpreting a model does not mean superficially drawing an outline and imitating it, but studying the instrument in its three dimensions, thus understanding the essential importance of the arching, the distribution of the thicknesses and the characteristics of the material.

This allows us to understand not only the style of a certain master, but it also permits us to approach the specific tonal identity of the model in question thanks to the experience gained in making replicas of classical instruments.

The evolution of Giovanni Battista Guadagnini’s f-hole model between Parma and Turin

Starting from the 17th and 18th centuries in Cremona and with reference to the fundamental figures of Nicolò Amati, Antonio Stradivari and the members of the Guarneri family, this research has also involved other classical schools: for example those of Brescia, Mantua, Naples and Venice and in particular Giovanni Battista Guadagnini.

The Renaissance of the twentieth century provides, principally in Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy, a new-found awareness of the principles at the roots of our craft, a consciousness which our lutherie aspires to prosecute with a natural continuity in style. However, the creativity and intuitions of a violin maker express themselves fully only with the creation of a personal model.
Our study of the tradition has enabled us to develop the Scrollavezza & Zanrè models, which are constantly perfected in our everyday work.

Detail of a violin back, Scrollavezza & Zanrè model, Parma 2014