- Philip J. Kass
(b Naples, Italy, Aug 15, 1879; d Rome, Italy, 1969). Italian violin maker. He began learning to make violins at the age of ten, studying under a Professor Planeta. Fridolin Hamma met him on one of his visits to Italy and engaged his services as a translator, thus introducing him to the value of older Italian works. This resulted in Sannino’s researching the old Italian masters with an eye to making convincing copies. Unlike most of his Neapolitan contemporaries, who copied primarily other Neapolitan instruments, Sannino made effective and successful copies of makers from all over Italy. In 1914 he relocated his workshop to Rome, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was prolific (claiming in 1932 to have already made more than 700 violins), but most of his works bear the labels of the makers he copied. Since the 1950s others have engaged in making or representing instruments as Sanninos, notably his brother-in-law Vincenzo D’Aria (...