Douglas Cox Violin Opus 730 ~ “Blanche Moyse” 1610 A & H Amati


The violin bears the facsimile label “Antonius & Hieronym Fr. Amati, Cremonen Andreae fil F. 1610”. It also bears on the treble side the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2011, #730” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is patterned after a violin by the "Brothers Amati" dated 1610, formerly in the possession of Blanche Moyse. It is built of well aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the partial slab from one piece of maple with handsome, medium-width flames descending slightly toward the bass side. The ribs and neck are of maple similar to that of the back. The table is of two pieces of spruce of mostly medium to broad growth. The varnish is of an red-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of rosewood.



Blanche Moyse was one of the founders of the Marlboro Music Festival in the 1950s, a gifted violinist, and a neighbor. She played on a wonderful 1610 A&H Amati violin which she allowed me to study, and I have made several copies. At her death at age 101 in 2011 I decided to use a unique piece of back wood I had been saving to make one more, in memory of Blanche.


It is a slender violin, narrow in both upper and lower bouts and slightly shorter in body length than average, but with an average string length. Perfect for the smaller player.


In an odd coincidence, the original 1610 Amati that Blanche had owned and played on for so many years was auctioned the same week that I finished this copy.


Length: 353 mm
Upper Bout: 160 mm
Middle Bout: 110 mm
Lower Bout: 200 mm
Rib Height: 28-29 mm
String Length: 328 mm