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The Story of Stradivarius Violins

The Secret to the Perfect Instrument


The violin is said to be the instrument that produces a sound closest to the human voice and is the most complete, ideal instrument. The Stradivarius, which stands at the peak of violins, is truly a musical instrument among musical instruments. This tremendous expressive ability was beloved by numerous famous violinists including Paganini and Sarasate. The refined and delicate structure makes the violin a true work or art. Violins are made from about 70 different parts, and in order to finish violins by subtly changing the thickness or shape of these parts, technical skills backed by years of training and inherent talent are essential. Stradivari carefully selected his materials and personally went deep into the mountains to search for quality trees such as spruce fir and maple. He aged these materials for years before using them in instruments. It is impossible to obtain some of these woods today, and this has served to enhance the value of Stradivarius violins even further. The greatest mystery of the Stradivarius, however, is its color. An orange-red varnish that is flexible but extremely durable has been painted over the highest-quality woods. Today, even after more than 250 years, the varnish retains its beautiful finish and seems to have just been painted on. Numerous scientists have attempted to find the secret of this varnish, but it remains undiscovered. This is why the Stradivarius is referred to as an "Instrument of Mystery."


The Story of Stradivarius Violins 1
Did "Superman Stradivari" Live to 97 ?
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 2
The Golden Age of Violin Production
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 3
One Thousand Instruments Over a Lifetime
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 4
The Secret to the Perfect Instrument
The Story of Stradivarius Violins 5
Introducing the Lang