Neapolitan maker Armando Altavilla was born in 1876 and died c. 1968. He studied violin making with Francesco Verzella, who was a student of Antonio Gagliano II. He remained in Naples throughout his long career, and is considered one of the greatest craftsmen of the Gagliano tradition. His instruments are made with the finest materials and varnished with exceptionally beautiful gold or reddish brown tones.
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