- Philip J. Kass
(flc Vienna, Austria, and Rome, Italy, 1720–60). Violin maker, possibly of Bohemian descent. According to early writers, he worked in Vienna between 1720 and 1740 and in Rome between 1740 and about 1760. No documents confirm his Roman sojourn other than the instruments themselves, predominantly violins, with the occasional viola. As with many northern European makers who settled in Rome, his model was based upon that of Stainer. The arching is full but not greatly scooped around the margins. The varnish tends to a yellow-brown to red-brown. Overall, his work is of very good quality, and he deserves recognition among the finer makers of his period in Rome....