One of the most respected copyists of the early 20th century Bolognese school, Carlo Carletti was born in 1873 in Pieve di Cento, and died there in 1941. After training with Giuseppe Fiorini and Ettore Soffritti, he moved to Milan to work at Leandro Bisiach's famous workshop. While collaborating with Anselmo Gotti to produce instruments for Luigi Mozzani in the 1920s, he also built instruments with his own label, sometimes with the assistance of his four violin-making sons. His son Natale Carletti took over the family workshop in 1941, and the Carletti dynasty of violin makers continues in Pieve di Cento today with Natale's son Gabriele Carletti (b. 1948).