Quality, not Stradivarius, make for the best violin performances

Tuesday, 10 January, 2012

A violin’s age has little to do with the sound or tone it produces, says British research, which found concert violinists were unable to tell the difference between music produced by old or new violins.

The researchers could find no link between the age and value of the violins and how they were rated by the violinists. The three old instruments had a combined value of $10m, a hundred times that of the modern violins. “They are beautiful instruments, but the prices are insane,” Fritz said. “The old versus new issue doesn’t make any sense. “It doesn’t matter if the violin’s old or new, all that matters is whether it’s a good violin or a bad violin. Many modern violin makers are doing a great job.”

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