Douglas Cox Violin Opus 743 ~ 7/8 styled as "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri


The violin bears the facsimile label “Joseph Guarnerius fecit Cremona anno 17__ IHS” and on the opposite side the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2011, #743” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is styled after the “Vieuxtemps” violin of Joseph Guarneri “del Gesu”. It is built of well aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with medium-narrow flames descending slightly from the center joint. The neck and scroll are of maple similar to that of the back. The ribs are of maple similar to that of the back, with a section of irregular flame in the lower bass bout. The table is of two pieces of Vermont spruce, of even narrow to medium growth. The varnish is of a orange-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of carved boxwood.



My 78 size violins, including this one, are built on a pattern derived from the violins of Joseph Guarneri “del Gesù,” during the 1730’s. The model is well suited to produce an even, strong, open and very rich sound for a compact violin that is easy to play.


Length: 347 mm
Upper Bout: 166 mm
Middle Bout: 115 mm
Lower Bout: 204 mm
Rib Height: 29-31 mm
String Length: 315 mm