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Brian Cohen, Violin Maker

Professional Violin maker, established 1972, constructing violins, violas and cellos to commission, both modern and baroque, individually hand-made in the classical Italian style.

Celebrating 45 years as a professional maker
Over 500 instruments made and sold, worldwide

(updated October, 2017)

Background and 'Ethos'

The instruments I make are constructed in the classical Italian style, using the traditional methods of that period. Each instrument is made entirely by hand, using the finest quality aged and mature tonewoods, drawn from my own extensive stock, selectively built up over 45 years, set up with a choice of the finest fittings and strings. My instruments are built using patterns taken from significant original instruments, using authentic methods, and varnished using traditional materials and a natural application technique, applied by hand. I would venture to say that a violin maker from the 17th or 18th century would be able to come into my studio, recognise the tools and methods, (indeed some of my tools actually date from this period, and are still in daily use) and would be able to get right to work! Everything would be virtually the same, apart from the Italian weather.

While each instrument is conceived as an individual creation in itself, at all times the players' tonal, physical and visual requirements are foremost. Power, volume, sustain, projection, rich tonal colour, textures, clarity, voice separation are some of the qualities present in all 'Brian Cohen' instruments.
My instruments carry a 'lifetime warrantee' ( subject to conditions).

Visitors to the studio welcomed, but strictly by appointment only. Please visit the 'Contact' page for information