Douglas Cox Violin Opus 802 ~ A&H Amati Grand Pattern 1613


The violin bears the facsimile label “Antonius & Hieronym Fr. Amati, Cremonen Andreae fil F. 1613”. It also bears on the treble side the label “Douglas C. Cox, Brattleboro, Vermont, 2013, #802” and is branded and initialed on the inside. It is patterned after a violin by the "Brothers Amati" dated 1613. It is built of well aged North American grown wood. The back is cut on the slab from one piece of New England maple with spectacular medium-narrow flames descending slightly from the bass side. The ribs and neck are of maple similar to that of the back. The table is of two pieces of Engelmann spruce from British Columbia of regular medium growth. There is a wing of similar growth added to the lower bass bout. The varnish is of an orange-brown color over a golden ground and is shaded and imitated. The fittings are of boxwood.



Unlike the petite 1610 Brothers Amati violin copied more frequently, the violin that inspired #802 was a good-sized "grand pattern" violin. Its simple elegance and refined taste made me feel at home with it. The results are fully satisfying with the highly textured, high quality tone color the arch and design provide, with a large, open quality provided by the larger size and slab maple of the back.  While the tone is not quite as big and bold as my Guarneri work, this violin will sing sweetly.


Length: 357 mm
Upper Bout: 165 mm
Middle Bout: 110 mm
Lower Bout: 204 mm
Rib Height: 30-32 mm
String Length: 327 mm