Amelio Cicuttini born in Friuli (Italy) in 1922, graduated in chemical engineering at the University of Padua, had a long international career joint with a parallel interest for the restoration of ancient furniture and classical paintings. After retirement, pushed by the musicality of the family, the presence of the string instruments, the beauty of their wood, thei superb architecture and the mystery of the production of their sound, he decided to go to Cremona and learn the violin making procedure “sub disciplina” of the great master Francesco Bissolotti, dedicated to the classical method of the internal mould.
Guide and source of ispiration for the author have been the classic publications edited by Hill of London, the celebrated Simone Fernando Sacconi, Weissar and Shipman, present publications and an intensive activity with his master in Cremona. Complementary tot the costruction of the instruments the author has elaborated this methodology and shop procedures for the costructionof the Violin, Viola, Cello and Bass, indispensable guide for a correct sequence of work and assurance of the right data for each model specifically programmed.
Chapters of text:
1-Preparation of the mould and blocks
9-Taking off the mould (and completing the linings)
10-Assembling the front
11-Edge and corners
13-Gorge (fluting of the edge)
16-Fingerboard upper nut and neck (modellin and gluing)
19-Neckfoot and botton
20-Preparation to the varnishing
27-F and pegbox staining (acrylic)
28-Setup instrument with bridge, tailpiece and strings