Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions
Published on 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 - 6 days ago
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
Timjami Virtanen - 2 hours ago
You mean stratocaster?
Jade Ramos - 4 hours 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.
CC - 5 hours 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?
Brock Shaw - 6 hours ago
I’d rather have a STRAT
Waldo - 7 hours ago
That's really impressive that over half the instruments he ever made are still around 300 years later.
T-strike - 9 hours ago
how can u lose a fukin 4 million dollar object ................... like wtf no sense
solar eclipse - 12 hours ago
I love this narrator you guys need to keep him
Joep Verheijen - 13 hours ago
There is not a single person that knows what the original sound of a stradivarius violin sounded like
GamersOnVideos - 15 hours ago
how can a violin be worth 16 million there is no way in hell that it costs even more then 10000 dollar to make that thing (honestly.. 200 sounds already too much for me)
joshb77777 - 15 hours ago
Is there a lost secret? Consider this idea which many have written about; much of Europe was gripped by the little ice age between around 1400 and 1800, and that the period of cold weather and long winters peaked between 1645 and 1715. Trees growing during that peak period, the so-called Maunder Minimum, showed the slowest growth rates of the entire last 500 years. What this mini ice age may have created were extremely dense trees. Instruments (especially violins) rely on vibrations for sound; and the more dense the material the clearer sound travels through it. Thus this may be why these violins sound the way they do Surprised vox didn't mention this
Gio 202122 - 15 hours ago
What is the best Zelda game? 4:34 Haha get it? Yeah I hate myself too.
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Andreas Hälsing - 1 day ago
Why exactly can't these be massproduced?
Tim Rodriguez - 1 day ago
The answer to this video starts at 2:22
Roy Batty N6MAA10816 - 1 day ago
flakemike - 1 day ago
So it's the emperor's new clothes again.
DAnk Kush - 1 day ago
I remember reading an article that said that Stradivarius's violins sound better because he floated them down a river to transport them or something and they got moldy.
Colgate is better than Supreme - 1 day ago
Wouldn't the plural be Stradivarii?
Lick Slam - 1 day ago
Thank you for posting about classical instruments!!!! Trying to spread the amazing-ness of these instruments and music to as many as people as possible! ❤️ you vox!
wupeide - 1 day ago
New violins are just as good. It has been proven.
Pablo Ramos - 1 day ago
If you're a violinists you'd hear the difference.
Andrew B - 1 day ago
All the scientific evidence shows experts and amateurs alike prefer the sound of modern quality violins in blind tests
BladeAdicciòn - 1 day ago
I should name my son Stradivarius because its the name of a beautiful violin. Also cuz he black.
Ben Lerman - 2 days ago
zukerman doesn't play a strad
Spite - 2 days ago
I kept hearing "Strat" and kept thinking either guitar or rush B
Noora نورة - 2 days ago
Paying this money to charity is much better than paying it to something as trivial as a violin
Daniel Navarro - 2 days ago
this video fails to mention that the wood Stradivari used came from trees that went through abnormal seasons, which resulted in wood with very regular density, rather than the varying density that comes from trees which go through normal seasons. the regular density of the wood results in more faithful reproduction of vibrations, i.e., music.
Ccmusic - 2 days ago
Really? You're not even going to talk about the mini ice age? Or the legend of the secret location of trees used? Not even going to mention Andrea Amati? The Godfather of the Stradivari tradition? You disappoint me, Vox.
Steve Ashton-Baker - 2 days ago
Total rip off - make your own! Just stretch some rubber bands across an old tissue box, and bob's your uncle.