Paris, 1743.


Giuseppe Gaffino († 1789) was an Italian violin maker who, like many of his countrymen, excercised his trade in Paris. He studied with Castagneri, establishing himself from 1742 on as an independent maker. He was elected President of the Violin-maker's Guild in 1766. Although his workmanship does not equal the refined creations of his contemporaries, Guersan and Pierray, our violin nevertheless posesses a very robust sound. This violin retains its original neck, fingerboard and pegs. Notice that the neck is already angled towards the back, as on the modern violin. This, together with the wedge-shaped fingerboard, yield a rather substantial bridge height.

Début of the violin, in the hands of Christian Kausel, from Chile,
at the concerts of the Castello di Duino, Italy, October, 2010

Here Christian Kausel with the Gaffino violin in a sonata by Heinrich Biber,
San Giovanni in Tuba, Duino, October, 2010

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updated 11.11.2010