Mario Salustri was born in 1932 and died in Rome in 2013. He was good friends with the famed, Cremonese maker, Frances Bissolotti. Although not as well known as Bissolotti, this Salustri violin has all the hallmarks of a fine Italian made instrument in its tone. This rare, Roman instrument has a beautiful one piece back and a gorgeous red varnish with a golden hue. The violin comes with a certificate by Cesare Magrini. It has a deep and powerful bass end with a lovely treble range. It’s playability is superb and easy. This instrument would be perfect for anyone looking for a fine sounding, Italian violin wanting to advance their playing into a professional orchestra.