They were asked to choose a violin to replace their own for a hypothetical concert tour.
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“The current study shows that first-rate soloists tend to prefer new instruments and are unable to distinguish old from new at better than chance levels” The report authors said the study provided ‘a striking challenge to near-canonical beliefs about Old Violins.’ Researchers asked ten maestros to play 12 violins, six modern and the others classical, to find out which were superior.
Old violins included two by Guarneri del Gesu (both made after 1740), six by Stradivari, and one by another well-known 18th century Italian master.
This labeling is certainly not the only consideration for dating an instrument; instruments in the United States not originally intended for the US typically don't include this labeling.
And sometimes labels get changed or altered over time.
It is estimated he made up to 1,100 instruments during his lifetime and about 650 survive, including around 500 violins.
Many theories have been put forward to account for the 'superior' sound quality including suggestions they were made from dense Alpine spruce trees that grew in the Ice Age.Six of the ten selected a new violin as their preference, with one of the modern instruments emerging as a clear overall winner. When comparing the playing qualities of their favourite new instrument with their favourite old one, the soloists again rated the former higher, on average.“A single new violin was easily the most-preferred of the 12,” the report authors concluded.While he most definitely does not have a Strad, he does have a ray of hope; he may very well have a pretty decent violin worth a few to several thousand dollars.Violins that sold for in 1890 can fetch a pretty penny today if they are in good condition.Even when he was alive, Stradivarius was too well reputed to sell his violins cheaply.