Tarisio, Luigi, Italian violin maker and trader; b. Fontanetto, near Milan, c. 1795; d. Milan, Oct. 1854. He was a carpenter by trade, and in his leisure hours acquired sufficient skill to play the violin at country fairs. He also began collecting old violins, which he repaired and sold at a profit. In 1827 he made his first trip to Paris, and in 1851 visited London; soon he became known as a reliable trader, and obtained many rich clients. He left a collection of about 200 violins, which were later purchased by Vuillaume in Paris.
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