Douglas Cox Viola Opus 815 ~ “Wurlitzer” Guadagnini 1780

The viola bears the facsimile label “JO. BAPT. GUADAGNINI / Cremonensis alumnus ANTONII STRADIVARI/ fecit Taurini GBG T“ and on the opposite side the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2013, #815” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is a copy of the “Wurlitzer” viola built by Joannes Baptista Guadagnini in 1780. It is built of well aged North American grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of New England maple with handsome medium width flames descending from the center joint. The ribs are of maple similar to the back. The neck is of maple of narrower flame than that of the back. The table is of two pieces of Engelmann spruce from British Columbia of regular medium growth. The varnish is of a dark brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of ebony.


Length: 408 mm
Upper Bout: 186 mm
Middle Bout: 131 mm
Lower Bout: 234 mm
Rib Height: 35-38 mm
String Length: 366 mm