Enrico Marchetti, destined to become one of the founders and most interesting makers of the modern Piedmontese school, was born in Milan in 1855. He apparently started his apprenticeship at the age of 14 with Luigi Bajoni (1838-95), who was perhaps the last of that town's traditional violin makers. Later, Marchetti worked for a further few years in the shop of an even more obscure Milanese violin maker, Gaetano Rossi. The ethos of these two violin makers could not be further removed from the type of industrial violin manufacture practices that were already well established in parts of France and Germany and spreading.
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