The Incredible Harp Guitars of Luigi Mozzani
by Gregg Miner
Chapter 2: The Workshop-Schools
|The specifics of the
various incarnations of Mozzani's laboratorio / scuola di liuteria
- a combination of workshop and lutherie school - are a weak point in my
study. Better translation of Itelisano's book or help from others
will hopefully clarify this area. The political workings of the Italian
government's involvement in the various Mozzani ventures also eludes me.
A basic timeline of the locations of the workshop/school is, I believe, as follows:
These first three images above show Mozzani and his workers busy in the first workshop on Gennaria St. in Cento circa 1908-1909.
|Provencali workshop (1915-1924)||via Castiglione, Bologna (c.1930)|
|Completed instruments in the spectacular warehouse-showroom of the Bologna School on via Castiglione. One can plainly see that each of the single and dual arm harp guitars are different in size and shape.||Rovereto School (1942) From left to right: Single-arm, dual-arm, and theorboed wappen-shape harp guitars; two mandolones (bass mandolins), a 6-string and harp guitar version of the mezza colonna model, with a mandoloncello in between.|
|These are not all the available images of the Mozzani
workshops, but one can already get a sense that the multitude of harp
guitars were just a tiny portion of the overall output. Violins and the
rest of the bowed instruments, mandolins in all shapes and sizes and
various 6-string "classical" guitars were produced in large
numbers over nearly forty years of Mozzani-directed production.
Some sources claim that Mozzani never actually built an instrument himself. This may or may not be true. Certainly, the concepts were his, along with hands-on leadership as pictured above.
Credits/Sources: See Table
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