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

(updated June, 2020)

Covid-19 Update for Brian Cohen Violins:

Please Note. The studio is now closed, and will remain so for as long as the government advice remains in place. All accessory sales are now via mail order only, and we will do our best to pack and send out as soon as circumstances allow, which may take longer at this time. For some very minor adjustments, please telephone or e mail, I will try to help you to help yourself. This policy will continue until the current crisis has passed. Please do NOT visit the studio, unless a special appointment has been made, and if a visit is arranged, then all distancing rules will apply. Thank you for your co-operation.
All the very best wishes to all, B.C.

Visitors to the 'SoundPost' site: You have been directed to this site, and the reason for this is that the retail element only of SoundPost has closed, and the remaining stock including cases, bows, strings, instruments of all sizes, accessories are still available via Brian Cohen, even via mail order, until the stock is sold, all at discounted 'stock clearance prices'. Contact details are all on this site. The premises are exactly as they were before, but all that is happening is that the the retail side is closing down. All the previous services are still being offered, i.e. bow rehairs, conservation work on quality instruments, sales of high quality instruments, and the making of new instruments, all these activities will continue.
I do not have a list of items on special sale, but please contact me for anything you may be looking for, its worth a call just in case we have what you need on offer.

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 48 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