Douglas Cox Viola Opus 883 ~ 15 58” Guarneri

The viola bears the label“Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2015 #883” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is styled after the late work of Joseph Guarnerius “del Gesu.” It is made of well-aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with handsome medium-broad flames ascending from the center joint. The neck and ribs are of maple of narrower flame than that of the back. The table is of two pieces of spruce of medium-narrow growth. The varnish is of a red-brown color and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of boxwood and rosewood.


A small viola with proportions similar to a viola by an amateur maker from Northampton, Massachusetts, this form offers a big beautiful sound in a small accessible package. Developed in 1988, first viola is #134, dated 1989 and played by James Buswell.


Length: 398 mm
Upper Bout: 188 mm
Middle Bout: 136 mm
Lower Bout: 242 mm
Rib Height: 36-38 mm
String Length: 359 mm