Collection "Great Italian Violinmaking" inside San Vidal Church
Adapted from "La Grande Liuteria Italiana" by Artemio Versari.
Carlo Oddone was one of the most significant craftsmen of the Piedmont school in the period between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries. Born in Turin in 1866, he started making at an early age and briefly apprenticed to Gioffredo Rinaldi. In 1889 he moved to England to work for F.W. Chanot. His time there was short, however, and he returned to Turin in 1892. He initially continued to work for other makers, mainly focusing on restoration and guitars. He began signing his own instruments only in 1894. He had business dealings with the celebrated Hill family and supplied them with antique instruments. It seemed that he wanted to return to London between 1899 and 1900, but the idea was short-lived. Within a span of a few years, his workshop in Turin became famous for repairs and instruments set-up. He received a prize at the Turin Exhibition in 1911. After the First World War, his production became more intense. He continued to make instruments until his final years. He died in Turin in 1935.
Oddone signed 269 instruments; he numbered them on the instrument labels and recorded the sequence in a notebook together with the name of the buyer.