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Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions

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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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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

1 week ago

Jack Jammen: That's a really good idea but, a 52-pound violin would be a bear to play.

1 week ago

You prefer 'to' something... Not 'over'...

1 week ago

@3.141 59 I don't know, maybe because they're worth millions of dollars due to their historical value? That answer is literally at the end of the video...

1 week ago

I'm not surprised

1 week ago

If the blind test showed that most musicians liked the newer violins then why don't you just put the Strads in a chipper-shredder?

1 week ago

is it worth $4mil? yeaaaahhhh.......no.

17 hours ago

Antonio Stella Bottom Tile

23 hours ago

i don't hear any different from other violin

1 day ago

I SAW RAY CHEN !!!!!!!😱😂😱😂😱

1 day ago

So...You have a $4 million item in a case..Why do you not have that thing handcuffed to your arm when you travel?!? I don't get how people leave these in a cab...If it were me, I'd be hugging that thing while exiting the vehicle...Must have been texting... ;-)

1 day ago

Hypebeast violins

2 days ago

Jules Massenet - Meditation from Thais

2 days ago

Biggest hypebeast item of all time!

2 days ago

its the hype around it

2 days ago

People will also pay millions for a soggy used sock that some celebrity has pooped on, I'm not surprised by this.

2 days ago

WHAT KIND OF IDIOT LEAVES A $4M ITEM IN A TAXI?

2 days ago

what song does the korean woman play at 1:33

2 days ago

But couldn’t a professional violin marker remake the sound of the Stradivarius violins? Just so musicians don’t have to pay millions for a violin and just a couple thousand

2 days ago

1:34 Isn't that the song that played whenever Helga Pataki would profess her undying love for Arnold?

2 days ago

‘58, ‘59, and ‘60 Gibson Les Paul “bursts” enjoy a similar notoriety in the electric guitar world.

2 days ago

Columbus, Stradivarius, Napoleon:
I hate when they change the names of italians who are great and famous men to make them appear international figures
Cristofo Colombo
Stradivari
Napoleone Bonaparte Italian from Corsica
These are the actual names and they ought to be written and pronounced accordingly to the Italian original orthography
Not to please those who desire to appropriate their historical fame
Sorry

2 days ago

As usual the best of the best has to be Italian
Nobody beats their geniality good taste,sensuality in interpreting reality
And they have been on top since Roman times of the Empire

2 days ago

How much of an influence does the type of strings make to the sound? The strings back then weren't made the same way or with the same material, so how has it changed / influenced the sound?

2 days ago

What is the name of the music piece that’s being played between 1:34 and 1:48?

3 days ago

Shinichi Otakawa Thanks

1 day ago

Jules Massenet - Meditation from Thais

2 days ago

"Are they worth 16 mil $?"
No.

3 days ago

anjother horrible video by VOX.

3 days ago

I know his heart dropped when that cab pulled off

3 days ago

Stradivarius is amazing sound!!!

3 days ago

"it has a silvery tone"... smdh that's the type of person to act like they're a fan of modern art.

3 days ago

$16m fiddle

3 days ago

Like most things it's just hype that's why everyone thinks it's better. People are idiots.

3 days ago

pretentious douchebags are willing to pay. period

4 days ago

What about the Guarani del Jesu violins?

4 days ago

Shes quite good. She should try to make a living out of it

4 days ago

Why are ponzi schemes worth millions? Answer, they are not.

4 days ago

So... the conclusion is that musicians are also badge snobs??

4 days ago

They are not worth it financially, they have infinite worth artistically.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

0:23 This Is a copy of a Guarneri del Gesu violin. Look at the F holes

4 days ago

No stradivarius Viola? :(

4 days ago

The "Strad." It's like having a sword made by Hattori Hanzo.

4 days ago

There are worth millions because they are the ultimate status symbol for elite classical musicians.

4 days ago

How to make good noise violin?

1.get messiah log
2.make messiah log so thick a bit and make it like violin
3.take an spider that can spread webs
4.do a rope web on that violin


And booom gotcha xD

4 days ago

Ayo vox i would like to see a BTS of u guys when you go and get information and sources and like meeting up with the key figures about the topic of the video such as how did u even get an interview with this lovely lady.

4 days ago

Hahaha I laughed at the hand reference.

4 days ago

At the beginning of 1:34 i swear i thought she was gonna play helga’s theme from hey arnold

5 days ago

Heard it from a quest Agatha's Song :)

5 days ago

Playing good music is by heart not by the brand name... Even you are holding the most expensive instrument in your hand, it doesn't mean u have the skill to over it. However, I really like the result that nobody can tell at all.... So can I say overall some people playing around the brand name more than playing the music..

5 days ago

It overall depends on the quality of the modern violins they were playing. If they would have played a mass produced violin, the sound quality would have been different and they would have preferred the strads. However, if they were playing violins made by professional string makers that hand craft the violins, then they may prefer the newer ones. It also depends on eh quality of wood for the sound, so if they violins that the Violinists were playing was the same quality of a strad, a difference may be marginal.

5 days ago

Funny thing about price or is it worth it or not, question.. is that the buyer is the one confirms it, not the seller

5 days ago

Yoyomama jokes in coming

5 days ago

You mean stratocaster?

5 days ago

very incomplete explanation. :( you've only scratched the surface of the true beauty of a Stradivari. at least in how I look at it.
Very good video though. But not very informative enough for me.

5 days ago

Why can’t they study one of these instruments and what makes them sound better. Like just make it the same shape and size and wood type and it should sound the same?

5 days ago