Lute manufacturing: Chroma Officina della Musica 

Made in Italy music

Another guest editor, Claudio Chioccia, deus ex machina of Chroma Violin Factory, will accompany us on a journey through a noble and ancient Italian art: the lute manufacturing.

It consists of building string instruments: an art and artisanal technique which came from its golden age – in the 17th and 18th Century – to present time without any significant change.

During the Italian Renaissance there was a flurry of activity in the lute manufacturing, since the fame of Italian instruments was already expanding among all European musicians. The city of Cremona housed Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù, probably the greatest luthiers of all time.

“A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin. What else does a man need to be happy?”

Albert Einstein

Lute manifacturing

The music artisan

The word luthier comes from one of the oldest string instruments, the lute, that was widely used until the Baroque era.

This profession is involved in the construction and periodic repair of all bowed (violins, cellos, etc.) and string instruments (guitars, basses, etc.).

It’s a real “work of art.

Chroma Violin Factory is a traditional lute manufacture in Rome and a specialized shop where you can bring your own instrument for maintenance, tuning or restoration.

Besides that, here you can try new, used and ancient violins, violas, cellos, basses and bass guitars.

Chroma, Violin Factory is in Viale Spartaco 81-85 in Rome. Have a look at their website.

Claudio Chioccia

Gallery: Lute manufactoring, Chroma Officina dei Violini