Born into a woodworking family in 1879, it was not until Pedrazzini was in his mid-twenties, that he moved to Milan and began violin making. Originally self-taught, he worked with Romeo Antoniazzi before setting up his own workshop. A maker of exceptional skill, Pedrazzini won several prizes, including gold in The National Violin Making Competition in Rome, 1920. Among his posts, he was the luthier to the prestigious Milan Conservatory and supplier to the Toscanini Orchestra. He also taught Ferdinando Garimberti, among others. This violin is a Guadagnini copy, but rather than a slavish copy, is inspired by Guadagnini. The varnish has been generously applied and, typical of his early instruments, has a beautiful craquelure. The tone is crisp, clear, and sweet.