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Brian Cohen, Violin Maker

Professional Violin maker, established 1972, constructing violin, violas and cellos to commission, both modern and baroque, in the classical Italian style.

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(updated October 2014)

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, and set up with a choice of the finest fittings and strings. My instruments are not exact copies, ( i.e. with every visual blemish and defect copied) but rather built using the original patterns and authentic methods, and varnished using traditional materials and a natural technique of application. I would venture to say that a violin maker from the 17th or 18th century would be able to come into my studio, recognise my tools and methods, (indeed some of my tools date from this period, and are still in daily use) and be able to produce a violin. 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.

I invite you to take a 'virtual tour' through my website, which is continually under construction and renewal, and I welcome any comments you may have about the site.

Opening times and all contact details, directions etc. on our 'Contact' page. Visitors welcomed, but strictly by appointment only.

Please enjoy a tour through the new site!