A false lead:

Donizetti, Violin Maker

(No relation to the composer, as far as I could tell.) Donizetti's is a small shop in a hill town called Pamparato, in in the rough country northeast of Milan. The shop sits on the edge of a cliff high above a narrow, forested valley. Far off to the south, between two rounded peaks, one can see a vague glimmering blue; this, Signor Donizetti claims, is the Mediterranean.

Donizetti is very old and runs the shop himself, specializing in miniature playable violins. Although they are the finest of their type I have ever encountered (I bought a dozen to use as gifts), this reason alone leads me to discount Donizetti's as the source of Il Devastatore.

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