26 September 2012
Dear Cozio User,
We have some very exciting news to share: Cozio has just been acquired by Tarisio, the auction house dedicated to fine musical instruments and bows.
In 2003, Cozio was launched as a vital resource for lovers of fine instruments like yourself. The site has grown exponentially and the Cozio database now contains reference information for more than 50,000 instruments and boasts the deepest catalog of photographs and provenance on the web.
As one of the leading authorities in the field of stringed instruments Tarisio is ideally positioned to enable Cozio’s continued growth and development. While Cozio will continue to operate independently, much of Tarisio’s existing photo archives will be merged with ours creating an even richer archive for all.
Later this year we will launch a new and redesigned Cozio website. The new site will feature a host of added benefits, such as increased makers and instruments, greater privacy for owners, higher quality images as well as frequent curated content from recognized authorities in our field.
For the time being the Cozio site will remain mostly unchanged as we work behind the scenes to build these improvements. The only noticeable change we have implemented is the removal of banner advertisements and featured instruments.
On behalf of all of us at Cozio, we are thrilled to make this announcement, and we look forward to Cozio’s exciting future.
How much is my
A lot of people write in to say that they have found a violin in their attic
with a Stradivari label in it and want to know how much it's worth.
Unfortunately, almost all violins with Stradivari labels are cheap copies made
in the late 19th- or early 20th century, and the vast majority are of little or
no value today. There are only about 600-700 authentic Stradivari instruments
that still exist and virtually all of them are catalogued in our database, so if
you don't see your instrument already listed on our site, it's almost certainly
not an authentic Strad. That goes for Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu, Carlo
Bergonzi, Domenico Montagnana and most of the other great Italian makers. There
just aren't that many undiscovered instruments out there.
perform custom research projects?
Yes. In addition to the information we publish on our site, we have access to
many more photos and other information that we're unable to publish due to
copyright restrictions. However, we can use this data to identify instruments or
to conduct other specialized research projects. If you have a need, let us know
by contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
found an error. Who should I tell?
Please let us know about any errors you find. We want to make this resource
as accurate as possible. For more information about reporting errors, please
refer to the Error Reporting
Why isn't the
Luthier xxx included in the database?
Because of the enormous amount of data that needs to be processed and
organized, we give priority to those makers who are of most interest to
professional stringed players and collectors. Over time, however, we hope to extend the database to
include additional luthiers, and especially contemporary makers.
the site called Cozio.com?
In honor of Count Ignazio
Alessandro Cozio Di Salabue (1755-1840), arguably the first collector and
connoisseur of stringed instruments. Upon inheriting his father's estate at the
age of 18, Cozio became fascinated by the art of violin making. He was one of
the first to recognize the genius of Stradivari, and later became a sponsor of
J. B. Guadagnini in his last years. He amassed a large collection of valuable
instruments, but was forced by financial problems to sell most of them before he
died. He also kept detailed notebooks of makers and instruments, which have
proved extremely helpful in understanding the violin-making world in the latter
part of the 18th century.
Cozio.com is published by Cozio LLC a small publishing company
based in the United States. Cozio was started in 2003 by Philip E. Margolis.
For 15 years, Margolis was a technical author who wrote
numerous books about computers, including C: A Software Engineering Approach
and the Random House Webster's Computer and Internet Dictionary
1996, he launched the PC Webopedia, which was acquired by Internet.com in 1998.
Over the next few years, Margolis launched a search engine
technology company and worked as a partner of a Warsaw-based venture capital
firm called E-Katalyst. In 2002, he became interested in the violin market
through his wife, who is a professional violinist. Amazed at how difficult it is
to find basic information about antique instruments, he began collecting data
and storing it in a database. In 2003, the web site
was launched as a way to make
this information available to the wider public. For more information about
Cozio, please email email@example.com
Cozio Search Engine
The Cozio search box integrates two search engines. The first searches
through the Cozio database of instruments, makers, owners and musicians. The
second searches the Cozio digital library, containing more than 2,000 scanned
books, magazines and catalogs. Searches entered in the search box on the top
menu, or on the advanced
search page, will search through both databases and list the results in
separate sections. If you only want to search through the digital library, go
directly to the Digital Library
page and enter your search there. Note also that you can search within a
specific document by selecting the document from the results list and then
entering your search on the document's page.
Both search engines support syntax similar to other search engines,
especially Google. This means that if you enter multiple words separated by a
space, the search will return records containing ALL terms. In the case of the
digital library, it will return all documents where all of the terms appear
appear on the same page. You can also search for a multi-word phrase by
enclosing the phrase in double quotes. For example:
"Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari"
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example, if you enter the search:
the search engine will return all records containing the name "Franceso
Ruggeri," "Francesco Rugeri," and "Francesco Ruggieri". Likewise, searching for:
will return all records relating to both "Landolfi" and "Landolphi".
You can also accomplish this by using the OR operator. For example:
Serafin OR Seraphin
For complete details about the search engine syntax, take a look at
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