Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions

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  • Published on:  Monday, May 14, 2018
  • Many musicians prefer these 300-year-old instruments, but are they actually worth it?

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    Antonio Stradivari is generally considered the greatest violin maker of all time. His violins are played by some of the top musicians in the world and sell for as much as $16 million. For centuries people have puzzled over what makes his violins so great and they are the most scientifically studied instruments in history. I spoke to two world class violinists who play Stradivarius violins as well as a violin-maker about what makes Stradivari so great.

    Special thanks to Stefan Avalos for the Stradivari research footage.

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  • Vox  (May 14, 2018)

    Violins aren't the only thing where a high price may not translate into quality. Watch our video on why expensive wine is for suckers: http://bit.ly/2wBvje9

  • jonpjonp palma  (Jan 4, 2019)

    Vox we had this strad violin and it is for sale

  • Luigi Pati  (Oct 14, 2018)

    Vox ,People talk about stuff they do not understand or know anything about. Why is an old and used Ferrari Dino worth more than a new Ferrari? The new Ferrari is even faster, but it is worth less. No one would be dumb enough to trade a Stradivarius with a new Yamaha violin, even though the Yamaha is a perfectly fine instrument. The Stradivari is NOT just about quality, although the quality is guaranteed to be very high, but it is NOT only about quality. The Stradivari is an antique item and a very ra...

  • It's also pretty cool that they are played to this day and not just in storage in someone's collection.

  • GandalfTheSilver  (Nov 22, 2018)

    As long as you take great care of the main body of the instrument, you can play the violin as much as you desire. The only part that will naturally need replacing over time is the strings or possibly the tuning pegs if the grips on the pegs wear down, which is typical with frequent use.

  • Aviv Kestin  (Nov 16, 2018)

    Yeah, same thing with Gibson Les Paul "Burst" guitars. Extremely expensive and prized, but still played by people like Mark Knopfler.

  • AnimalsAndReports  (May 15, 2018)

    It roughly translates to a subconscious placebo effect 🎻

  • LifeOnTheEdge  (1 day ago)

    +Sloop Yeah, Strads have great response. Part of why they are popular with top violinists.

  • Sloop  (1 day ago)

    AnimalsAndReports well maybe how it plays, and not just the sound

  • Gurosama Bltch  (Jun 2, 2018)

    They are like legendary weapons in mmos.

  • Patrick Hodson  (Jan 17, 2019)

    OFFICIAL AznBoiSamuel wanted to see if anyone mentioned it. It is really...something

  • invisi.  (Nov 28, 2018)

    hmmm, your pfp is...how do i describe it

  • palemoonlight96  (May 15, 2018)

    So these are basically the valyrian steel of the music world 😂😂

  • MattDSTNY  (Nov 8, 2018)

    Dutch Van der Linde Original Damascus isn’t the same as the layered steel technique called Damascus nowadays. The original recipe to Damascus steel was lost.

  • tyang10  (Nov 3, 2018)

    Dutch Van der Linde Damascus today is only sought after for the pattern. Many supersteels far surpass it. Damascus of yesterday was superior but we don’t know how it’s made anymore.

  • Elite Royalty  (Dec 9, 2018)

    My middle school orchestra teacher had a Stradivarius violin and he never EVER let it out of his sight. He'd bring it lunch, to board meetings, even on field trips. When he retired he sold it for 5.6 million dollars and now he lives in a mansion in Wisconsin. Lucky guy

  • footballcoreano  (12 hours ago)

    not really...he lost stradivarius...he is unlucky...

  • Wanting Shen  (Jan 13, 2019)

    Elite Royalty wow

  • Alex Ball  (May 14, 2018)

    So when the taxi driver returned the violin, did the police close the case?(I'm so sorry)

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  • Lekha Pratap  (Dec 29, 2018)

    B natural B natural, oh god! What a flat comment.(E minor)

  • Bob Miller  (May 14, 2018)

    You completely failed to mention how the tight sound of the Stradivarius is caused SOLELY due to the incredibly dense grained European woods that they're crafted from. Timber that grew, and can't be recreated in any other way, by growing slowly for several centuries during Europe's "cool period" during the middle ages. Seriously, it didn't dawn on the journalist making this piece to question why no one else can build a "Strad" that sounds the exact same? Good job Vox :(

  • Adam Woody  (Feb 11, 2019)

    로라 [Laura] clearly i did watch it and clearly you are not adding anything to the argument either.

  • 로라 [Laura]  (Feb 11, 2019)

    Adam Woody you clearly didn’t watch the video, maybe watch it again and read some of the comments here. You provide absolutely nothing new on how the Strad objectively sound better (and don’t give me that wide spread myth about the mini-ice age and the wood)

  • Trevor Miles  (May 17, 2018)

    Did the taxi driver return it with no strings attached?

  • MavisDom !  (Feb 5, 2019)

    Trevor Miles AHHHH

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  • It's all good  (May 14, 2018)

    Is it because the hype is real?

  • Marš _  (Jan 17, 2019)

    I don't believe the hype ||-//

  • Chris Parayno  (Dec 25, 2018)

    Bwhaha people couldn't tell