Giuseppe Pedrazzini was born in 1879 and spent his youth working as a carpenter in the village of Pizzeghettone, which lies some 20 km north-east of Cremona in the direction of Milan. In 1903, aged 24, he moved to Milan to work for his uncle, who was a woodworker. He soon began to teach himself violin making, with some advice from Romeo Antoniazzi, and in around 1906 set up his own workshop. Like the Antoniazzis, who were actually born in Cremona itself, Pedrazzini always claimed on his labels to have been from Cremona.
Throughout his career Pedrazzini remained quite independent from the more established, older makers such as Leandro Bisiach, the Antoniazzis and the Monzinos, something that cannot be said of most other makers of his generation - all trying to make a living in Milan's competitive atmosphere.
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