The internet-based auction house Tarisio has announced that it has acquired Cozio, the online instrument archive.

In a statement, Tarisio explained that the Cozio website will be substantially redesigned to include higher-quality images, greater consideration for owners' privacy, a shift towards authentic and representational instruments, and frequent content from violin experts.

Tarisio's photo archive will be merged with that of Cozio. The auction house added that Cozio will retain operational independence and will continue to list upcoming auctions from all auction houses.

Jason Price, Tarisio director, said: 'There are many great things about Cozio, but there are legitimate concerns about the accuracy and presentation of some of the information in its archive. Our plan s is to make Cozio a resource that the industry can really trust.'