Instruments for Sale

The BMC is seeking a buyer for a beautiful modern violin!

doug cox violin for saleInspired by the artistry of Jaime Laredo, BMC’s co-Artistic Advisor, and the BMC’s vision to create a new music center in Brattleboro, long-time friend Douglas Cox has come up with an innovative way to contribute his support for the BMC’s future.

An accomplished violinmaker by profession, in 2009 Doug made a copy of Jaime Laredo’s 1717 “Gariel” Stradivarius violin. Not long after the first instrument was set up and ready to play, Jaime sold the Strad and purchased a wonderful Montagnana violin, so in 2011 Doug made a form patterned after that instrument. Since then, six violins have been made on the Stradivarius form and three violins on the Montagnana form. One Strad model, one Montagnana model, and three violins patterned after Blanche Moyse’s 1610 Amati violin are available. Doug will donate the proceeds from the sale of one of these “BMC-inspired” instruments, which have a retail value of $25,000, to support the BMC’s Music Moves Campaign.

These are exquisite and unique instruments. Jaime Laredo said of the 2009 Strad model, “I have been a great admirer of Douglas Cox’s work for many years. I actually own one of his violins, which I love and play very often. I was thrilled when he wanted to make a copy of my Strad. I think it turned out marvelously; it is a stunning-looking violin.”

Doug’s generosity requires your involvement to be made complete!

If you are interested in playing and seeing these violins, contact Cox Violins directly at (802) 257-1024 or by email:, and be sure to mention the BMC Music Moves Capital Campaign Instrument Sale.

More information about Doug and his work are at

The BMC is Seeking a Buyer for This Ernst Heinrich Roth Cello, 1979

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About this sale: This cello was donated by a long-time Brattleboro Music Center (BMC) benefactor as a creative way to contribute to the BMC’s future. A lovely affordable modern instrument, it is priced to sell at $15,000.

All proceeds from this sale will be used for new BMC teaching, performance and administrative facilities on Guilford St. in Brattleboro, VT. If you would like more information about this building project and ways you can help with its success please contact Meg Lyons at the BMC 802-257-4523, or

The BMC serves southern Vermont, western New Hampshire and western Massachusetts with quality musical instruction, performance opportunities at all levels, and the inspiration of world-class concerts.

About the Cello: The cello bears the label “Ernst Heinrich Roth, Bubenreuth 1979” and a serial number B80824, and is branded with the customary Roth brand in the middle of the inside back. There is a floral “EHR” monogram branded on the button. It is in good condition with a repaired bass bar crack in the table and modest wear to the varnish. The back is cut on the quarter of two pieces of maple of medium-narrow horizontal flame. The ribs are of maple similar to that of the back. The neck and scroll are of maple of less prominent flame than that of the ribs and back. The top is of two pieces of spruce of somewhat irregular medium to fine growth. The varnish is fully applied, of an amber color. The fittings are of ebony.

The basic dimensions of the cello are:

Body length:
756 mm
Upper bout:
350 mm
Middle bout:
243 mm
Lower bout:
437 mm
Rib height:
116-119 mm
String length:
694 mm
BMC Bravo Society

We are pleased to honor the following for their help during this past season:
Karen Becker, Crager Boardman, Deb Bunker, Lisa Cox, Walter Cramer, Cathie Creed, Rebecca Curzon, Becky Day, Bill Dixon, Kim Effron, Phil Feidelseit, Lotte Gannon-Kurowski, Greg Goodman, Marta Gossage, Bill Gottesman, Rebecca Greene-Cramer, Freddie Hart, Jenelle Harvey, Kimi Hasegawa, Cal Heile, Richard Henke, Frances Herbert, Lynn Herzog, Jenny Holan, Jon Joyce, Susan Kunhardt, Lerna, Meg Lyons, Joe Madison, Joanne McLellan, Helen Merena, Raquel Moreno, Kris Outwater, Kaylina Phoenix, Antje Ruppert, Perrin Scott, Betsy Whittaker, Pete Wilson, Tom Yahner and Louise Zak.

The Brattleboro Music Center

72 Blanche Moyse Way
Brattleboro, VT  05301

(802) 257-4523