Million-dollar Strads fall to modern violins in blind ‘sound check’

Million-dollar Strads fall to modern violins in blind ‘sound check’

The secret of Stradivariuses like this one, the "Penny" Strad, may be that there is no secret beyond the great musicians who play them. BRENDAN MCDERMID/REUTERS
The secret of Stradivariuses like this one, the “Penny” Strad, may be that there is no secret beyond the great musicians who play them.
 
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For more than a century, violins crafted by Stradivari and members of his family have been thought to possess acoustic qualities that new violins simply can’t match. (Violins fashioned contemporaneously by members of the Guarneri family are similarly revered.)

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