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Old 08-11-2012, 11:26 AM
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Does anybody know the dates of birth/death for Giuseppe and Marino Tarantino? Can't find anything online. Thanks.
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Old 08-11-2012, 02:14 PM
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Does anybody know the dates of birth/death for Giuseppe and Marino Tarantino? Can't find anything online. Thanks.
I think the work period is early 20th century thru mid 20th. I would suggest you ask Sergio Scaramelli in Italy. He might know. Because they mainly made just D.basses, they were never listed in any of the books on Violin makers in any detail. The Jalovec book of makers just has Giuseppe as Naples 20th century. His label mentions in Italian Contrabasses and repairs.
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Old 08-11-2012, 06:05 PM
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I think the work period is early 20th century thru mid 20th. I would suggest you ask Sergio Scaramelli in Italy. He might know. Because they mainly made just D.basses, they were never listed in any of the books on Violin makers in any detail. The Jalovec book of makers just has Giuseppe as Naples 20th century. His label mentions in Italian Contrabasses and repairs.
I just got a reply from Scarmelli. He gives dates of 1878-1962 for Giuseppe, but nothing for Marino.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:01 PM
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I just got a reply from Scarmelli. He gives dates of 1878-1962 for Giuseppe, but nothing for Marino.
Marino is the son I think so add 20 years or so from the start but I don't know of any basses dating after '62 if that late.
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You know, I saw that page and blasted right by. Good sleuthing. I also found a reference to a bass by Marino from 1978:
http://annunci.ebay.it/annunci/strum...ntino/24132311
In addition, I found a label that says "Marino Tarantino e figli", so I wonder if there are still Tarantinos in the trade in Italy.
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Old 08-11-2012, 11:40 PM
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Also, given these dates, it's unlikely that my 1923 Tarantino is by Marino, or not from 1923. He would have been quite the prodigy luthier at age 9. However, I've seen a few references to Marino putting his label next to his father's, and my label looks defaced. I'm beginning to wonder if he tried to sell his basses as Giuseppe's and later owned up to making them ( or someone else figured it out) , or if he defaced the labels to make it appear that he made his father's instruments. This would have all been in keeping with the tradition of the Modern Neapolitan School. Sort of.

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