Douglas Cox Viola Opus 434 ~ 16-7/8” Gaspar da Saló

The viola bears the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2001 #434” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is built on a modified pattern after the work of Gasparo da Salo. It is made of well-aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with narrow flames ascending from the center joint. The ribs and scroll are of maple similar to that of the back. The table is of two pieces of spruce of mostly medium-wide growth. The varnish is of a dark red-brown color and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of boxwood with ebony trim.


Always a bridesmaid, never the bride, this viola has been out on long-term loan more than once, making friends wherever it goes. It's back in the shop and looking for a forever home.


The form for this viola was created in 1981, a down-sized version of the Gaspar 17-1/4" viola developed at the same time. Since it was reduced in size from the larger version, the form is marked "small Gaspar".


Length: 430 mm
Upper Bout: 205 mm
Middle Bout: 137 mm
Lower Bout: 247 mm
Rib Height: 37-38 mm
String Length: 379 mm