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Colombani's Music Boxes, Lago d'Orta, Italy
By Carla Pegoraro, forwarded

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 [ I asked Carla how Goffredo Colombani came to be a music box maker.
 [ -- Robbie

Dear Robbie,  a belated message from cold, rainy, windy UK!

I am Dino Colombani's sister.  My brother has inherited a strong
artistic streak which has run in the family for centuries.  They
were all painters, and the last one, Carlo Casanova, now has a fully
comprehensive posthumous exhibition in Omegna, lake D'Orta, Northern
Italy, until Jan. 10th, 2000.

But, back to my little brother.  Dino has been working on creating the
most amazing and unique range of hand-carved-painted music boxes you
can imagine, on a wide variety of woods, and using burr too.

He gets high quality music box mechanisms from Switzerland and Japan and
fits them to wood carved carousels that can range in size from five cm
diameter, for the smallest one, to one meter plus for special orders.

His main markets are in Germany and Northern Europe, where people seem
to really appreciate good old craftsmanship when they see it.  His music
boxes, although ideal for a babys room, are not toys, but collectors
items.  The interest in his work is also growing in Italy now, where
he's getting one-off special orders from clients in Rome and Florence.

We are now trying to expand his market and would welcome any advice and
suggestions.  It would be wonderful to start business with the USA!

I will give my brother your address; surely he wasn't aware of the
Mechanical Music Digest!  We'll look you up!

A bientot!

Carla Colombani Pegoraro
Oxford, UK

 [ Contact Dino and see his web pages at
 [   Colombani's Music Boxes
 [   Goffredo Colombani
 [   via Rampone, 17
 [   28887 Quarna Sotto (Vb)
 [   ITALY
 [   tel: +39 0323 826108
 [   email:
 [   email:
 [   web site:

(Message sent Wed 15 Dec 1999, 11:27:32 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

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