Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions

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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 - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    Timjami Virtanen - 2 hours ago

    You mean stratocaster?

  • Jade Ramos - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    Brock Shaw - 6 hours ago

    I’d rather have a STRAT

  • Waldo - Channel Youtube
    Waldo - 7 hours ago

    That's really impressive that over half the instruments he ever made are still around 300 years later.

  • T-strike - Channel Youtube
    T-strike - 9 hours ago

    how can u lose a fukin 4 million dollar object ................... like wtf no sense

  • solar eclipse - Channel Youtube
    solar eclipse - 12 hours ago

    I love this narrator you guys need to keep him

  • Joep Verheijen - Channel Youtube
    Joep Verheijen - 13 hours ago

    There is not a single person that knows what the original sound of a stradivarius violin sounded like

  • GamersOnVideos - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    Gio 202122 - 15 hours ago

    What is the best Zelda game? 4:34 Haha get it? Yeah I hate myself too.

  • Random Uploads. - Channel Youtube
    Random Uploads. - 20 hours ago

    Bach Stradivarius

  • Andreas Hälsing - Channel Youtube
    Andreas Hälsing - 1 day ago

    Why exactly can't these be massproduced?

  • Tim Rodriguez - Channel Youtube
    Tim Rodriguez - 1 day ago

    The answer to this video starts at 2:22

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    Roy Batty N6MAA10816 - 1 day ago


  • flakemike - Channel Youtube
    flakemike - 1 day ago

    So it's the emperor's new clothes again.

  • DAnk Kush - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    Colgate is better than Supreme - 1 day ago

    Wouldn't the plural be Stradivarii?

  • Lick Slam - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    wupeide - 1 day ago

    New violins are just as good. It has been proven.

  • Pablo Ramos - Channel Youtube
    Pablo Ramos - 1 day ago

    If you're a violinists you'd hear the difference.

  • Andrew B - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    BladeAdicciòn - 1 day ago

    I should name my son Stradivarius because its the name of a beautiful violin. Also cuz he black.

  • Ben Lerman - Channel Youtube
    Ben Lerman - 2 days ago

    zukerman doesn't play a strad

  • Spite - Channel Youtube
    Spite - 2 days ago

    I kept hearing "Strat" and kept thinking either guitar or rush B

  • Noora نورة - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    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 - Channel Youtube
    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.