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Musicians 'can't tell master violins from newer models'

Musicians are often unable to tell the difference between a master violin and a newer model.
Musicians 'can't tell master violins from newer models'
Even musicians find it hard to distinguish the sound from violins made by old masters Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesu and Antonio Stradivari from modern instruments, a new study shows.

Research conducted at the University of Paris also found that when asked which instrument they preferred many players opted for the modern one, without knowing the origins of the two violins.

Over the course of the study, 21 violinists at an international violin competition in Indianapolis in 2010 were asked to play six violins, three modern ones and three old masters, while wearing welders goggles so they could just see the outline of the instrument.

One of the Stradivaris used emerged as the least popular instrument while the modern ones came out on top.

"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," commented study author Claudia Fritz.

Kai-Thomas Roth, secretary of the British Violin Making Association, told the Guardian that many people have fixed perceptions of old masters and think it is their fault if they don't sound as good as they expected.

It is estimated that just 450 violins made by Antonio Stradivari survive to this day, making them highly sought after.

Posted by KTADNFCR-2133-ID-801253695-ADNFCR Posted on 3 Jan 2012 17:08 to category : Instruments News

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