The Consorzio Liutai “Antonio Stradivari” Cremona was founded in 1996 to promote and enhance contemporary Cremonese violin making, which continues to follow the tradition of craftsmanship. The Consortium is based in Cremona, the city of Stradivari, Amati and Guarneri, the great masters of the past. Their art, known and admired throughout the world, is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for modern instrument makers. More than sixty Masters Violin Makers in Cremona and its province belong to the Consortium.
To safeguard the work of luthiers, the Consortium has developed, in collaboration with the Chamber of Commerce and the Artisans Associations, the "Cremona Liuteria" trademark. The trademark is the sole property of the Consortium, and it guarantees that certified instruments are handmade by professional Cremonese master craftsmen. The Consortium has a database of the instruments sold that bear the "Cremona Liuteria" trademark. This allows the authenticity of the instruments to be constantly checked. The trademark is a critical step for the protection of Cremonese instruments from the danger of counterfeiting as it leads to transparency in the market and security for purchasers.
Since its founding in 1996, the Consorzio Liutai has been engaged in promoting, enhancing and selling instruments with the "Cremona Liuteria" trademark in Italy and abroad. The "Cremona Liuteria" logo is registered in Italy and in 39 other countries worldwide. The Consorzio Liutai has cultural and promotional relationships on every continent. At an international level, it is the only entity that certifies the origin and authenticity of string instruments. With the use of new technologies that combine innovation and tradition, the Consortium has been able to refine its guarantee to its customers. The certification system allows about 2,000 end customers to identify the origin, craftsmanship, and authenticity of an instrument through a system of photography, checks, and inspections carried out with an exclusively designed program.