What Makes A Stradivarius A, Well, Stradivarius? New Clues To Making The World’s Best Violin

July 8, 2013 5:24 PM

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What Makes A Stradivarius A, Well, Stradivarius? New Clues To Making The World’s Best Violin

A Stradivarius in pristine condition can fetch millions of dollars. In 2011, a Stradivarius violin made in 1721, named “Lady Blunt” after Lord Byron’s granddaughter, Lady Ann Blunt, was sold at a charity auction for $15.9 million. The money collected during the auction went to Japanese Quake relief funds.

With the legacy surrounding a Stradivarius, approximately 600 string instruments made by Antonio Stradivari are still known to exist, notes Wall Street Journal, a new study using several diagnostic techniques examined a Stradivarius to unlock the mystery of what techniques and materials were used to...

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