In 1906, exhibitions in Milan and Genoa gave Fagnola opportunities to get recognized worldwide.
Fagnola is known as one of the limited number of violin makers in the 20th century who were successful in their profession with steady production of refined artwork by hiring excellent assistants.
He took in all of the techniques of renowned masters from Piemonte, including Guadagnini, Pressenda, Oddone and Rocca, to establish his own style. Many of the most excellent instruments in his life were made in 1920s.
This violin was made in 1926, the very golden period. It is one of Pressenda copies that he was most good at, and it holds labels of both Fagnola and Pressenda inside. It also holds a Fagnola’s own signature inside the rib of the upper bout on the lower sound side. The signature is supposed to have been written before the table was placed. It was a custom of Fagnola to handwrite his signature and the year of production on the same part of an instrument.
No repair has been done on this violin and it has been preserved in excellent conditions as if it had not been used yet. It is characterized by the gentle arch made by woodwork that feels like pure spirit as well as the unique bright transparent varnish.
Its sound has much body and is gorgeous and strong enough to reach every far end corner of a spacious hall with high density till the end. It has rich ground to cultivate for a soloist.