Douglas Cox Violin Opus 783 ~ 7/8 styled as "Dancla" Guarneri of 1728


The violin bears the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2012, #783” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is patterned after the “Dancla” violin of Joseph Guarneri del Gesu but reduced in size. It is built of well aged New England grown wood. The back is cut on the quarter from two pieces of maple with medium-width flames descending from the treble side. The ribs are of maple similar to that of the back. The neck is of plainer maple than that of the back and ribs. The table is of two pieces of spruce of narrow to medium growth. There is a filled knot in the upper bass shoulder. The varnish is of a rich orange-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of boxwood with ebony trim.



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: 346 mm
Upper Bout: 167 mm
Middle Bout: 115 mm
Lower Bout: 203 mm
Rib Height: 30-31 mm
String Length: 318 mm