Contemporary American Violin, Douglas Cox 2016 #922
Round, mature, warm
Douglas Cox received his early training at the State Vocational School for Violin Making in Mittenwald, Germany in the late 1960's, then spent ten years as chief restorer and head of the repair department for the firm of J. Bradley Taylor, Inc. in Boston, servicing the finest instruments in the New England area. Since 1981, he has devoted himself to making professional concert-quality instruments at his studio in the hills outside Brattleboro, Vermont.
Cox combines the discipline and workmanship of his early training with years of study of fine old instruments. He continues to stretch his understanding of what makes violins work by building close copies of unusual and noteworthy master instruments. Cox offers a wider range of sizes within the violin and viola spectrums than most makers and delights in using American woods whenever possible. Cox has built over 1000 instruments in his 52-year career. His instruments have received awards from the Violin Society of America and are played by artists around the world in a wide variety of musical settings.
This violin is modeled after a Guadagnini violin from 1779.
The back features two very different pieces of maple - one half bearing llovely and straight medium-narrow flame, and one with a much more subtle figuring and more visible wood grain. Cox’s choice of wood here is very unique and adds character to the instrument. The varnish is warm amber shaded to reveal a golden ground.
The tone of the instrument is mature for its years, with a dark low end and a very round timbre throughout all registers.
The interior label translates as : Giovanni Battista Guadagnini, Cremona, student (alum) of Antonio Stradivari made in Turin. Near the center of the violin is the makers brand stamp - the maker's initials “DC” within a circle, and then with the maker’s signature across the brand. These same markings appear on his other instruments.
The label on the treble side reads: Douglas C Cox, 2016 Brattleboro Vermont, #922
The violin is in excellent condition.
Upper Bouts: 16.6cm
Middle Bouts: 11.4cm
Lower Bouts: 20.1cm