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Angelo Armanelli


650 mm Scale, 52 mm Nut. Fine to medium grain Spruce with incrusted Hazel Fichte and Satinwood back and sides. 7 fan braces, of which, 1 is a treble restricter. Soundboard French Polished. Thin lacquer coat on the body. This construction concept has been patented in Italy, as is says at the top of the label.

He is a luthier and guitarist born in Erbusco, Italy in the province of Brescia and approached music only at the age of 18, taking occasional guitar lessons from local amateurs. Not finding a valid teacher, (at that time in the province it was not easy) he interrupted his studies. In 1971, at the age of 23, he met the guitarist Dante Cazzago and appreciated his competence, he studied with him for three years. In 1974 he auditioned to enter the Conservatory in Brescia, where Maestro Gian Luigi Fia teaches, after passing the test, he attended the Institute for three years. In 1977 he moved to the Bergamo Conservatory to study with maestro Giorgio Oltremare. He graduated in 1980 with full marks and won the "Simone Majr" prize conferred by the Gaetano Donizzetti Institute for the best diploma of the year. After graduating, Angelo Armanelli has taught in the middle school and for thirteen years guitar at the "Antonio Vivaldi" Academy in Darfo, while carrying out regular solo concerts and in duets. Since 2000 he has dedicated himself to violin making according to a spirit aimed at searching for elements capable of increasing the sonority of the guitar without sacrificing its timbre quality. Starting from this concept he begins an experimentation based on his personal conviction: a guitar plays the stronger, the more its structure is sturdy and rigid, the back, braces and sides must be as one as possible, while the soundboard an element in itself, all the more free to vibrate as it does not yield part of its vibratory capacity to the bearing element. In 2004 he created and patented the instrument which is the summary of this work; a new concept instrument, equipped with two bridges and capable of a sound much superior to traditional guitars, with new timbral resources and already appreciated by talented concert players. Currently he teaches classical guitar at the Academy of Music in Palazzolo sull'Oglio.

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