- Philip J. Kass
(b Vils, Italy, Dec 21, 1727; d Naples, Italy, after 1792). Italian violin maker, of Tyrolean ancestry. He went to Naples about 1750 and presumably worked with one of the Gaglianos, probably Nicolo. He was one of the best craftsmen of his period in Naples. He mostly made violins that exhibit a strong individuality, particularly in the f-holes and scrolls, which are very delicate. Eberle’s varnish is typically Neapolitan, thinly applied and firm in texture, and varies from yellow-brown to red-brown. In addition to his standard printed labels, he often followed a tradition, most often seen in the Gaglianos’ work, of inserting devotional texts, such as the words ‘Gesu, e Maria’, inside his instruments....