Ciao, and ... pleased to meet you!
I have spent my life in the music: my Mum had a degree in Piano, when young I used to be the bass-man in a band, but my real passion has been to capture and reproduce the sound in the best possible way.
My hobby has been and still is live recordings of classical music. I started doing it in 1976 with analogic devices, but I was the first one to make a digital recording in Italy (12/05/1981) and since that day I went on just digitally.
I use only Schoeps microphones, which I have modified (just polypropylene capacitors inside) in order to have a very silky mid-high and conceived a new microphone system with three microphones and I built the microphones' preamplifiers and electronic crossover, because it was impossible to find on the market an equivalent system to suit my very exacting needs.
I have recorded the best performers in the world of classical music (mostly Baroque), like Ton Coopman, Kenneth Gilbert, Gustav Leonhardt, London Baroque, Ensamble 415, Nikita Magaloff, I Solisti Veneti, Severino Gazzelloni and many more ( more than 1000 hours of live recordings).
This has given me a unique experience in sound, which I have profitably used in my professional life as an insider in the hi-fi world. Nowadays I am the official recorder of the Auckland Chamber Orchestra and the Bach Musica NZ and I do enjoy it: great friends and performers!
Starting in 1973, I worked in the distribution of many different hi-fi brands in Italy, until the time I made New Zealand my new homeland in 1995. In 1999, I and my son set up Viganoni & Viganoni here in New Zealand, to distribute hi-fi products that are truly "different" - and I know our Audio Pro brand very well, because, as I have already said on the "home page", it has been the "flower on my jacket", and my personal choice of hi-fi at home since the brand was launched in 1979. No other speaker gives me back "more" of my recordings authentically.
In the Italian hi-fi world I was opinion leader for a long time, and for one year I had two pages on the Italian hi-fi magazine (Alta Fedelta’) to run an article “Fair Go” style every issue: it has been very interesting and funny as well.
Anyway, if anyone needs my experience in sound matters, I am very willing to be at his disposal.
" His Grace "