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(Toronto Sun)   Priceless Stradivarius violin stolen, $100,000 reward offered. No strings attached   (torontosun.com) divider line 98
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2014-01-31 11:54:01 PM
The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun after he had completed a performance with the instrument in suburban Milwaukee

That violin was stolen by people who knew exactly what it was worth and it's likely on the way to some Russian oligarch's estate at this very moment, because he can pay more than it's worth on the open market "just because."  He'll probably train a siberian bear to play it.
 
2014-02-01 12:04:10 AM
MILWAUKEE - An anonymous donor on Friday offered to pay a $100,000 reward

Its anonymous owner had loaned the violin indefinitely to Almond.


Heh.
 
2014-02-01 12:06:36 AM

Lsherm: That violin was stolen by people who knew exactly what it was worth and it's likely on the way to some Russian oligarch's estate at this very moment, because he can pay more than it's worth on the open market "just because."  He'll probably train a siberian bear to play it.


Yeah... that wasn't even a little bit random

/it's either a paying buyer, or ransom
 
2014-02-01 12:12:54 AM

Lsherm: He'll probably train a siberian bear to play it.


www.fiddlingaround.co.uk
 
2014-02-01 01:26:24 AM
Tossed the case and cell because tracking devices.
Scanned the box, determined all original and no additional and minimal criminal women will be singing  hymnals to sustain the deranged arranged getaways to layaways and castaways and it got delivered to the appointed and anointed adjoined persons of interest that prepaid and waylaid the original owner of said instrument of musical destruction.
 
2014-02-01 01:32:32 AM

Lsherm: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun


Ohhh, bad form, 101. Bad form indeed.
 
2014-02-01 01:37:01 AM

Lsherm: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun after he had completed a performance with the instrument in suburban Milwaukee

That violin was stolen by people who knew exactly what it was worth and it's likely on the way to some Russian oligarch's estate at this very moment, because he can pay more than it's worth on the open market "just because."  He'll probably train a siberian bear to play it.


Or his minigiraffe
 
2014-02-01 01:42:10 AM
Nice headline, subbyboomer. I'll bet you just flew in from Pasadena and boy are your arms tired.
 
2014-02-01 01:42:53 AM
Quit your fretting!

Oh, wait...
 
2014-02-01 01:43:48 AM

Lsherm: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun after he had completed a performance with the instrument in suburban Milwaukee

That violin was stolen by people who knew exactly what it was worth and it's likely on the way to some Russian oligarch's estate at this very moment, because he can pay more than it's worth on the open market "just because."  He'll probably train a siberian bear to play it.


Not sure if the person who paid to have it taken is Russian or not, but it smacks of a professional job, specific target and they likely watched him and and planned just when and how to strike and how to get it out of the country.

to make a guess they took it by boat to Canada via lake Michigan to Lake Huron then smuggled through and out of Canada, they probably even had an empty Violin case ready and waiting after the snatch.

Sadly that Strad probably will not see the light of day again.
 
2014-02-01 01:45:37 AM
I had a great aunt who used to say "If there are no strings attached, there are chains attached".

Truly a wise woman.
 
2014-02-01 01:48:28 AM
And yes. This reeks of a pro job. I do have to wonder why they used a stun gun instead of flat out killing the guy.

Professional courtesy?
 
2014-02-01 01:49:55 AM
Why do they let people just walk around with these things?  Hundreds of years old and a multimillion dollar price tag and they just take it with them when they leave like it was a gym bag?
 
2014-02-01 01:51:24 AM

Lsherm: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun after he had completed a performance with the instrument in suburban Milwaukee

That violin was stolen by people who knew exactly what it was worth and it's likely on the way to some Russian oligarch's estate at this very moment, because he can pay more than it's worth on the open market "just because."  He'll probably train a siberian bear to play it.


I figured as much, given the price and obscurity of the violin, but part of me really hopes they catch some meth-head trying to sell the thing for fifty bucks at a pawn shop in a plaza between a liquor store and check-cashing place. It would just be hilarious when the cops pick up the guy and tell him how much it was actually worth.
 
2014-02-01 01:51:54 AM

grimlock1972: Not sure if the person who paid to have it taken is Russian or not,


I think you do know for sure.  Awfully close to that border crossing, aren't you?
 
2014-02-01 01:54:21 AM

viscountalpha: And yes. This reeks of a pro job. I do have to wonder why they used a stun gun instead of flat out killing the guy.

Professional courtesy?


My guess it's that murder would be a biatch to clean up quicker, so they just relied on knocking the guy out with the stun gun.
 
2014-02-01 01:56:53 AM

Captain James T. Smirk: I figured as much, given the price and obscurity of the violin, but part of me really hopes they catch some meth-head trying to sell the thing for fifty bucks at a pawn shop in a plaza between a liquor store and check-cashing place. It would just be hilarious when the cops pick up the guy and tell him how much it was actually worth.


What farking meth head targets a concert violinist exiting a concert hall with a taser?

Here's a meth robbery:

Methead:  I need meth.  I have no money.  I need money.
Methhead:  That car has 35 cents in the cupholder.  I can see it through the window.  I CAN SEE IT THROUGH THE WINDOW!
Other Methhead:  That window is dirty, is that 35 cents?  What is that guy doing?
Methhead (breaking window):  THERE'S A BONNIE TYLER CD IN THE GLOVE BOX!  THAT'S WORTH $134!
Other Methhead:  That guy has a Bonnie Tyler CD! I'm going to kill him for the money.
 
2014-02-01 01:57:33 AM

Captain James T. Smirk: Lsherm: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun after he had completed a performance with the instrument in suburban Milwaukee

That violin was stolen by people who knew exactly what it was worth and it's likely on the way to some Russian oligarch's estate at this very moment, because he can pay more than it's worth on the open market "just because."  He'll probably train a siberian bear to play it.

I figured as much, given the price and obscurity of the violin, but part of me really hopes they catch some meth-head trying to sell the thing for fifty bucks at a pawn shop in a plaza between a liquor store and check-cashing place. It would just be hilarious when the cops pick up the guy and tell him how much it was actually worth.


I know the expert said its priceless and worth a farking fortune, but I've got overhead here and the shop and employees to pay, Ill give you 20 bucks for it.
 
Poe
2014-02-01 01:58:56 AM

Eltardo: Why do they let people just walk around with these things?  Hundreds of years old and a multimillion dollar price tag and they just take it with them when they leave like it was a gym bag?


Indeed.  If I was in the posession of a musical instrument that has it's own wikipedia article, I would be transporting it with an armed escort.
 
2014-02-01 01:59:19 AM

whidbey: Nice headline, subbyboomer. I'll bet you just flew in from Pasadena and boy are your arms tired.


Man, why you gotta be like that?
 
2014-02-01 02:00:11 AM

CygnusDarius: viscountalpha: And yes. This reeks of a pro job. I do have to wonder why they used a stun gun instead of flat out killing the guy.

Professional courtesy?

My guess it's that murder would be a biatch to clean up quicker, so they just relied on knocking the guy out with the stun gun.


Because it's assault and robbery, not a murder investigation. Fewer resources devotes, quicker to go cold.
 
2014-02-01 02:02:12 AM

Eltardo: Why do they let people just walk around with these things?  Hundreds of years old and a multimillion dollar price tag and they just take it with them when they leave like it was a gym bag?


This.  Dude should have had two bodyguards with him at all times, including before, during, and after performances.
 
2014-02-01 02:07:17 AM

MattyBlast: Eltardo: Why do they let people just walk around with these things?  Hundreds of years old and a multimillion dollar price tag and they just take it with them when they leave like it was a gym bag?

This.  Dude should have had two bodyguards with him at all times, including before, during, and after performances.


They're lucky enough to get loaned one of these instruments by a benefactor. They worry about them all the time. But nobody but a professional knows what they're worth and I think this case bears this out. I'm guessing the instrument will be sold for 10% its value to some rich dick who'll keep it in their basement forever. Nobody's going to play such a hot instrument again.
 
2014-02-01 02:15:39 AM

MattyBlast: Eltardo: Why do they let people just walk around with these things?  Hundreds of years old and a multimillion dollar price tag and they just take it with them when they leave like it was a gym bag?

This.  Dude should have had two bodyguards with him at all times, including before, during, and after performances.



was it insured?
 
2014-02-01 02:15:56 AM
I prefer the Fender Strats before they started making them in Japan.
 
2014-02-01 02:18:07 AM

Lsherm: grimlock1972: Not sure if the person who paid to have it taken is Russian or not,

I think you do know for sure.  Awfully close to that border crossing, aren't you?


LOL  Not really I am an  hour away fro Fargo, North Dakota.

Also i would never deprieve the world of hear the melodious sounds of a Strad.
 
2014-02-01 02:21:08 AM
Mr. Wednesday and Low-Key Lyesmith inconsolable.
 
2014-02-01 02:22:51 AM

Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun


As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.
 
2014-02-01 02:25:05 AM
As a violinist, and as someone who would dearly love to see a Strad played live by someone worthy of it (someday, Joshua Bell...), this theft is really upsetting to me.  There are so few Strads left, and most are either sitting in museums, or the biggest travesty of all, in private collectors' vaults never to be heard and enjoyed as they should be.

Whoever stun gunned Almond and took the violin clearly know what it is and what it's worth, or they were hired by someone who does.  Such a tragedy.
 
2014-02-01 02:28:06 AM

WraithSama: As a violinist, and as someone who would dearly love to see a Strad played live by someone worthy of it (someday, Joshua Bell...), this theft is really upsetting to me.  There are so few Strads left, and most are either sitting in museums, or the biggest travesty of all, in private collectors' vaults never to be heard and enjoyed as they should be.

Whoever stun gunned Almond and took the violin clearly know what it is and what it's worth, or they were hired by someone who does.  Such a tragedy.


Itzhak Perlman plays a Stradivarius

/I am an atheist, but when I hear him play I hear angels singing
 
2014-02-01 02:31:24 AM

Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.


Most of it should still be original.  Of course strings need to be replaced, and that does affect the tone, but the wood itself is the biggest factor of the sound; the shape, the quality, the finish--and it improves in quality as it ages.  Any repairs that need to be done to the body itself, in the hands of a skilled luthier (and I can't imagine a Strad being taken to anyone but the best), should not affect tonal quality or color.
 
2014-02-01 02:36:20 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: WraithSama: As a violinist, and as someone who would dearly love to see a Strad played live by someone worthy of it (someday, Joshua Bell...), this theft is really upsetting to me.  There are so few Strads left, and most are either sitting in museums, or the biggest travesty of all, in private collectors' vaults never to be heard and enjoyed as they should be.

Whoever stun gunned Almond and took the violin clearly know what it is and what it's worth, or they were hired by someone who does.  Such a tragedy.

Itzhak Perlman plays a Stradivarius

/I am an atheist, but when I hear him play I hear angels singing


I know!  He's amazing.  I don't have the long, slender fingers common among most violinists.  I can't play two sequential notes a half-step apart without moving the first finger.  It's a pain I've learned to live with--just like him, I understand.
 
2014-02-01 02:41:09 AM

WraithSama: Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.

Most of it should still be original.  Of course strings need to be replaced, and that does affect the tone, but the wood itself is the biggest factor of the sound; the shape, the quality, the finish--and it improves in quality as it ages.  Any repairs that need to be done to the body itself, in the hands of a skilled luthier (and I can't imagine a Strad being taken to anyone but the best), should not affect tonal quality or color.


I'm a lay person so I don't know anything about violins. It just seems like Stradivarius violins give a placebo effect to one's ears. They hear a difference because they want to hear a difference. I think it'd have more to do with the musician's skill and talent than the instrument itself. And if attention is called to the instrument, that's less emphasis called to the musician playing it.

Like the Royal Shakespeare Company saying that the skull of André Tchaikowsky isn't used in productions of Hamlet because the audience spends more time looking at the prop than the actor performing. Even though it is.
 
2014-02-01 02:41:35 AM

Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.


Well I just took the pepsi challenge on Youtube and I sort of failed. The modern new carbon fibre violin Sucked and I easily picked it put.

I actually guessed the vintage circa 1900 German Violin (which is a quality instrument but nowheres near the value of a Stradivarius) was the Stradivarius.
 
2014-02-01 02:43:49 AM
It's being delivered to Vault 92 as we speak.

www.fallout-archives.com
 
2014-02-01 02:45:15 AM

Oldiron_79: Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.

Well I just took the pepsi challenge on Youtube and I sort of failed. The modern new carbon fibre violin Sucked and I easily picked it put.

I actually guessed the vintage circa 1900 German Violin (which is a quality instrument but nowheres near the value of a Stradivarius) was the Stradivarius.


Apparently there's a Wiki page on a double-blind test regarding violins.
 
2014-02-01 02:47:38 AM

WraithSama: MaudlinMutantMollusk: WraithSama: As a violinist, and as someone who would dearly love to see a Strad played live by someone worthy of it (someday, Joshua Bell...), this theft is really upsetting to me.  There are so few Strads left, and most are either sitting in museums, or the biggest travesty of all, in private collectors' vaults never to be heard and enjoyed as they should be.

Whoever stun gunned Almond and took the violin clearly know what it is and what it's worth, or they were hired by someone who does.  Such a tragedy.

Itzhak Perlman plays a Stradivarius

/I am an atheist, but when I hear him play I hear angels singing

I know!  He's amazing.  I don't have the long, slender fingers common among most violinists.  I can't play two sequential notes a half-step apart without moving the first finger.  It's a pain I've learned to live with--just like him, I understand.


Well, then... we deserve a bit of Itzhak
 
2014-02-01 02:51:58 AM

Ryker's Peninsula: I prefer the Fender Strats before they started making them in Japan.


And Mexico, and sullying the brand by making the "Squire" series.
 
2014-02-01 02:58:26 AM

Weatherkiss: Oldiron_79: Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.

Well I just took the pepsi challenge on Youtube and I sort of failed. The modern new carbon fibre violin Sucked and I easily picked it put.

I actually guessed the vintage circa 1900 German Violin (which is a quality instrument but nowheres near the value of a Stradivarius) was the Stradivarius.

Apparently there's a Wiki page on a double-blind test regarding violins.


Well It doesnt surprise me, As I said I guessed the 1900 German Lion's Head was the Stradivarius.

The carbon fibre modern sucked, it sounded as different as if they was playing a tuba instead of another violin.
 
2014-02-01 02:58:32 AM
The 2nd sentence of the headline made me laff. Cheers subby.

Cool Violin Story, Bros:
One of my sisters owned a violin back when we were all at school. One day our house got burgled by a couple homeless teenagers. Did a bit of vandalism as well as stealing, the little carnts.

When they stumbled across my sister's violin they went all El Kabong on its ass. I had to give 'em props for that one.

i57.tinypic.com
/CVSB
 
2014-02-01 02:58:40 AM
Over under on anonymous donor/anonymous owner/violin robbery client being the same people? Its gotta be worth some insurance money.
 
2014-02-01 03:00:49 AM

Oldiron_79: Weatherkiss: Oldiron_79: Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.

Well I just took the pepsi challenge on Youtube and I sort of failed. The modern new carbon fibre violin Sucked and I easily picked it put.

I actually guessed the vintage circa 1900 German Violin (which is a quality instrument but nowheres near the value of a Stradivarius) was the Stradivarius.

Apparently there's a Wiki page on a double-blind test regarding violins.

Well It doesnt surprise me, As I said I guessed the 1900 German Lion's Head was the Stradivarius.

The carbon fibre modern sucked, it sounded as different as if they was playing a tuba instead of another violin.


They should have tested Jake Busey's violin from Starship Troopers.

ladylubyanka.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-02-01 03:04:11 AM

WraithSama: As a violinist, and as someone who would dearly love to see a Strad played live by someone worthy of it (someday, Joshua Bell...), this theft is really upsetting to me.  There are so few Strads left, and most are either sitting in museums, or the biggest travesty of all, in private collectors' vaults never to be heard and enjoyed as they should be.

Whoever stun gunned Almond and took the violin clearly know what it is and what it's worth, or they were hired by someone who does.  Such a tragedy.


I find it a bit odd no one's figured out how to build a better violin yet.

We have more and better materials these days.
 
2014-02-01 03:04:19 AM

MaudlinMutantMollusk: whidbey: Nice headline, subbyboomer. I'll bet you just flew in from Pasadena and boy are your arms tired.

Man, why you gotta be like that?


Submitted links approved: 101

Dude, I'll bet a bunch of those were corny puns left over from the Eisenhower era too, weren't they?
 
2014-02-01 03:05:24 AM

whidbey: MaudlinMutantMollusk: whidbey: Nice headline, subbyboomer. I'll bet you just flew in from Pasadena and boy are your arms tired.

Man, why you gotta be like that?

Submitted links approved: 101

Dude, I'll bet a bunch of those were corny puns left over from the Eisenhower era too, weren't they?


*sigh*

/ok... have it your way
 
2014-02-01 03:05:43 AM

doglover: WraithSama: As a violinist, and as someone who would dearly love to see a Strad played live by someone worthy of it (someday, Joshua Bell...), this theft is really upsetting to me.  There are so few Strads left, and most are either sitting in museums, or the biggest travesty of all, in private collectors' vaults never to be heard and enjoyed as they should be.

Whoever stun gunned Almond and took the violin clearly know what it is and what it's worth, or they were hired by someone who does.  Such a tragedy.

I find it a bit odd no one's figured out how to build a better violin yet.

We have more and better materials these days.


I know some guy named Johnny in Georgia has one made of solid gold.
 
2014-02-01 03:18:09 AM
Is it so impossible that whoever ordered the robbery greatly esteemed the violinist and didn't want him to be hurt? I would think that a person willing to commit multiple crimes to get their hands on a Stradivarius would respect a person who could do the instrument justice.
 
2014-02-01 03:20:49 AM

Weatherkiss: doglover: WraithSama: As a violinist, and as someone who would dearly love to see a Strad played live by someone worthy of it (someday, Joshua Bell...), this theft is really upsetting to me.  There are so few Strads left, and most are either sitting in museums, or the biggest travesty of all, in private collectors' vaults never to be heard and enjoyed as they should be.

Whoever stun gunned Almond and took the violin clearly know what it is and what it's worth, or they were hired by someone who does.  Such a tragedy.

I find it a bit odd no one's figured out how to build a better violin yet.

We have more and better materials these days.

I know some guy named Johnny in Georgia has one made of solid gold.


Wouldnt it be really heavy and sound crummy?
 
2014-02-01 03:21:25 AM

Weatherkiss: Oldiron_79: Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.

Well I just took the pepsi challenge on Youtube and I sort of failed. The modern new carbon fibre violin Sucked and I easily picked it put.

I actually guessed the vintage circa 1900 German Violin (which is a quality instrument but nowheres near the value of a Stradivarius) was the Stradivarius.

Apparently there's a Wiki page on a double-blind test regarding violins.


Yeah, it's been shown in a lot of different studies that newer violins can sound just as good as older ones.  But it's all pretty nuanced, and subjective.  Some of the people critiquing the study in that article also had valid points about the newer violins being adjusted by the judges prior to the test and the older violins being used as they were given by their donors (who may have been collectors and not necessarily violinists themselves, who knows).

I grew up half an hour south of Indy, where that study and contest was, and my family still lives there.  I'm surprised I've never heard of it, I would have liked to have attended.

Here's another fascinating informal study that was done involving a Strad (link goes to YouTube video of the experiment).  Joshua Bell, a virtuoso, played his Strad in a subway terminal for an hour during the morning rush hour.  Only 1 person recognized him, and very few people stopped to listen.  It was an experiment organized by a newspaper to see if people would pause their lives to appreciate beauty.  The answer was pretty sad, heh.
 
2014-02-01 03:22:46 AM

WraithSama: Weatherkiss: Oldiron_79: Weatherkiss: Mentalpatient87: The 300-year-old Stradivarius was stolen from violinist Frank Almond on Monday night by thieves who shot the musician with an electric stun gun

As opposed to a geothermal stun gun?

Also, I understand that the Stradivarius violins are priceless instruments... but I'm willing to bet that if professional violin afficiandos were to take the Pepsi Challenge, they couldn't tell the difference between a Stradivarius violin and a regular violin made with modern-day materials.

How much of the violin is still original, anyway? After 300 years none of the strings needed replacing? It hasn't taken any wear-and-tear over the past few centuries that would maybe require it to be repaired?

If it's a work of art, it needs to be preserved and cared for as a work of art. If it's going to actually be played, then don't be surprised if this shiat happens.

Well I just took the pepsi challenge on Youtube and I sort of failed. The modern new carbon fibre violin Sucked and I easily picked it put.

I actually guessed the vintage circa 1900 German Violin (which is a quality instrument but nowheres near the value of a Stradivarius) was the Stradivarius.

Apparently there's a Wiki page on a double-blind test regarding violins.

Yeah, it's been shown in a lot of different studies that newer violins can sound just as good as older ones.  But it's all pretty nuanced, and subjective.  Some of the people critiquing the study in that article also had valid points about the newer violins being adjusted by the judges prior to the test and the older violins being used as they were given by their donors (who may have been collectors and not necessarily violinists themselves, who knows).

I grew up half an hour south of Indy, where that study and contest was, and my family still lives there.  I'm surprised I've never heard of it, I would have liked to have attended.

Here's another fascinating informal study that was done involving a Strad (link ...


That is sad. But not unexpected. I'll have to youtube this Joshua Bell guy
 
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