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Cello by Roberto Montagna Padua Italy 2017. Liuteria Toscano


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The one-piece back of maple cut on the slab of irregular medium curl running horizontally across the back, the ribs similar. The pegbox and scroll of maple of medium curl. The front in two pieces of spruce of medium grain in the centre broadening towards the flanks. The oil varnish of a warm orange-brown colour on a yellow ground. Bearing a label signed in ink internally ‘Roberto Montagna da, Montagnana fece, 2017’.

Length of back- 745mm

Width upper bout- 366mm

Width middle bout- 260mm

Width lower bout-  446mm.


Roberto Montagna was born in Montagna in 1981. Son of a musician father, he also developed a passion for music. At age 11, he was enrolled at the institute Luigi Chinaglia (middle school), where he studied transverse flute. At the end of three years, for reasons beyond his control, he was unable to continue his music studies. He then attended the professional, Leonardo Da Vinci Institute in Noventa Vicentina.
He lived the following years experiencing life in small enterprises as an artisan mechanic. Daily he was called to take care of the fundamental, constructive details and to develop his mental elasticity towards the use of methods of applications of time management.
In 2007 he made the acquaintance of an artisan carpenter and after he learned the rudiments of carpentry, he began the project of building a guitar for himself. He realized he had a passion for building and at this point began a personal study of the bow instruments.
He met Maestro Fabio Chiari in 2009 and soon became a pupil in his workshop. He followed the tracks of the master in the study and research of classical violin making. In 2014 he graduated from the Tuscany School of Violin Making where he received recognition from his research on Quality of Sound.
With Maestro Chiari, he participated in the Mondomusica Exhibition in Cremona, Italy, 2010,2013 and 2014. Together with the Maestro, a small group of colleagues wrote the book Liutai Toscani D’Oggi “L’influenza del Carattere e Della Cultura Toscani Nell’evoluzione Della Liuteria Classica e Moderna” (“The Influence of Tuscan Character And Culture In The Evolution of Modern and Classical Violin Making.”). Today Mr. Montagna is a collaborator with Maestro Chiari and a member of the ULIP Association (Unione Liutai Italiani Professionisti.)
The instruments that he magnificently creates are violins, violas and cellos using the original model of the great Venetian and Tuscan masters of the past such as Domenico Montagnana, Santo Serafino, G.B. Gabrielli as well as the Carcassi family to quote a few. He masterfully interprets their style. In his workshop, Medieval instruments are crafted. Rebecs, lutes and viellas are built from a study of frescoes, peinture and the iconography of the Medieval epoch.
Woods utilized for his instruments are: Pseudoplatanus Maple, Italian Rural Maple and Spruce from Val Di Fiemme, these he prefers to personally cut whenever possible.
Roberto Montagna resides in Casale di Scodosia, Veneto, Italy where he also works in his private workshop.

Additional information

Weight 12.57 kg
Dimensions 144 × 58 × 40 cm


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