In Focus: A 1939 viola by Igino Sderci


Written by Paolo Sorgentone

Igino Sderci was born in 1884 in Gaiole in Chianti, near Siena. In 1917 he was introduced to the violin maker Leandro Bisiach, who employed him as an apprentice. His time with Bisiach gave him a very thorough apprenticeship which enabled him to accumulate a wide range of moulds and models, gain experience in the traditional construction method, and above all enhance his aesthetic taste. This was also thanks to his contact with several other luthiers who collaborated with Bisiach, such as Giuseppe Ornati, Gaetano Sgarabotto and Giuseppe Pedrazzini…

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