But are these violins actually better than modern ones? One study pitted old Italian violins like Strads against modern violins in a blind test to see if musicians could tell the difference. Turns out most violinists couldn’t reliably tell the difference, but most also actually preferred the sound of the new violins.
Watch the video above to find out why the worth of a Strad extends beyond its sound. You can find this video and all of Vox’s videos on YouTube. Subscribe and stay tuned for more.