- Philip J. Kass
(bc1707; d Paris, France, 1756). French luthier. He was born in a small town in the Champagne region. In 1725, assisted by his cousin, the composer Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, he bought the workshop of Nicolas Bertrand. He ran a successful business under the sign ‘à la guitare royale’, catering to clients for all sorts of instruments, but his speciality remained violins. He was master of the Violin Makers’ Guild in 1752. Besides instruments of the violin family he made a few guitars, and was evidently in demand as a maker of viols and violas d’amore. His workmanship is accurate and unmannered and the choice of woods invariably good. His varnish is either red-brown or yellow-brown and appears rather thin. Boivin used one form of printed label, with the address changing from Rue de Grenelle St Honore (1726–40) to Rue Tiquetonne à la guitare royale (after ...