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Musicians tested on violins

Classical musicians prefer modern violins to old ones, according to new research.
Testing an old and new violin
Classically trained musicians have been unable to distinguish the sweet melodic sounds of the epic Stradivarius violin against modern-day versions, researchers have found.

Dr Claudia Fritz, a researcher from the University of Paris, conducted an experiment at an international violin competition in Indianapolis last year.

She asked 21 virtuoso musicians to play a number of violins – three modern and three antique – blindfolded.

Dr Fritz then asked them to rank the musical instruments in order of their perceived quality, based on the sharpness of the sound, playability, projection and their responsiveness.

What she discovered was that the musicians tended to prefer the newer violins than the Stradivarius ones.

"The old versus new issue doesn't make any sense," she said.

"They are beautiful instruments, but the prices are insane. 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."

Her report on these fascinating findings has been published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.

It is estimated that 650 original Stradivarius violins exist around the world.

Posted by JM

ADNFCR-2133-ID-801254384-ADNFCR Posted on 4 Jan 2012 10:05 to category : Instruments News

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