Sacconi, (Simone) Fernando
- Charles Beare
(b Rome, May 30, 1895; d Point Lookout, NY, June 26, 1973). Italian violin maker and restorer, naturalized American. While still at school he became a workshop assistant to Giuseppe Rossi, a pupil of Degani. By the time he was 16 he already had his own clientele and a particular ability as a maker of copies. In 1931 he moved to New York to work for the dealer Emil Herrmann. He continued to make new instruments—and occasionally bows—but his time there was mainly taken up with repairs and restoration work. In this field he had no equal, an example of his work being a Stradivari of the best period, virtually destroyed in an accident in 1948, which subsequently showed no sign of having suffered. In the imitation of old Italian varnish he excelled all rivals. Sacconi became an American citizen in the late 1940s. In 1951 he went with his pupil Dario D’Attili to work for Rembert Wurlitzer. A first-class workshop was built up and many of the best American repairers were trained in it. In his last years he spent much time teaching in Cremona, Italy, and published I segreti di Stradivari (Cremona, ...