Rodolfo Paralupi Sold
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650mm scale 52 mm Nut. Domed very very fine to medium grain Spruce Soundboard (50 grains to the inch in the center) and Indian Rosewood back and sides. 5 fan braces. Highly Flamed Maple neck. French Polish.
Rodolfo began making guitars in 1925 and violins at least by 1927 (200 violins, some violas and one cello.), his name is included in the "Dizionario Dei Chitarristi e Liutai Italiani" published by Benvenuto Terzi in 1937. Mentioned in that dictionary of guitarists and guitar makers is by that time Maestro Benedetto Di Ponio (1898-1964) and Mario Cerquozzi (1909-) owned guitars made by Rodolfo Paralupi. Rodolfo's most well known luthier student is the guitar maker: Orlando Raponi (1916-1978).
In 1949 Rodolfo won a Gold Medal at the Bicentennial Stradivari Lutherie Exposition and Competition in Cremona. He also was nominated by the Jury as "fuori concorso assoluto", meaning he couldn't enter any more guitars in future competitions, because he was too good, and should be a judge if involved at all in the expositions. Vincenzo de Bonis also in the early 1950's would be designated as such.
According to Carlo Carfagna and Mario Gangi's book "Dizionario Dei Chitarristico Italiano", published in 1968, Mario Cerquozzi had a duet with virtuoso Mario Gangi for some years and they played on radio and in public.
From 2013 delcamp forum in Italian:
it seems that Rodolfo Paralupi had luthiers who later became famous (such as Orlando Raponi, news confirmed by his son Amenio) and that his instruments were used by famous guitarists such as Alirio Diaz and Linda Calsolaro.
"Pare che Rodolfo Paralupi abbia avuto allievi liutai poi diventati famosi (come Orlando Raponi, notizia confermata dal figlio Amenio) e che suoi strumenti siano stati utilizzati da chitarristi celebri come Alirio Diaz e la nostra Linda Calsolaro."