Douglas Cox Baroque Viola Opus 39 ~ "Jeppesen"

The viola bears the label "Douglas C. Cox, Putney, Vermont, 1983, #39" and is numbered and initialed on the inside. It is built in Baroque form after an instrument in the possession of Laura Jeppesen. The original instrument is probably of Flemish origin and has been cut down in size. This viola is built of well aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with medium width flames descending from the center joint. The ribs and scroll are of maple matching that of the back. The table is of two pieces of spruce of medium narrow growth in the center, medium broad growth elsewhere. The varnish is of a golden brown color and is shaded. The fingerboard is of ebony over maple, the tailpiece of ebony, and the pegs of rosewood. The nut and saddle are of cow bone.


A very early viola.


Length: 402 mm
Upper Bout: 177 mm
Middle Bout: 120 mm
Lower Bout: 227 mm
Rib Height: 39 mm
String Length: 364 mm