Douglas Cox Viola Opus 747 ~ 17¼” Gaspar da Salo Cut-Away

The viola bears on the bass side the label "Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2011, #747" and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is built after the work of Gaspar da Salo although altered in an asymmetrical way to make it easier to play. The upper treble and lower bass bouts have been brought in. It is made of well aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with medium width flames ascending slightly from the center joint. The ribs and neck are of maple similar to that of the back. The table is of two pieces of spruce of even medium growth. The varnish is of a reddish-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of boxwood with ebony trim.


A big model that has been modified to make it more playable, bringing in the upper treble and lower bass bouts. It's easier to get around on than a traditional 17¼" viola. Made of locally-sourced wood, it has a lovely sweet voice.


Length: 438 mm
Upper Bout: 210 mm
Middle Bout: 143 mm
Lower Bout: 252 mm
Rib Height: 35-37 mm
String Length: 377 mm