Did the best violin made by Stradivari?
An interesting study was conducted by American scientists - ten professional violinists were asked to carefully study 12 violins. The test was blind - that is, the violinists did not know what they were holding the violin at any given time, but everyone was given the opportunity to play each violin for two sessions of 75 minutes - one in the studio, the second in the concert hall for 300 seats . After the test, they were asked which tool they would take instead of their current one in a hypothetical tour.
Of the 12 violins, 6 were made by great Italians - including 5 made by Stradivari himself. 6 other violins were made by modern masters.
So what did the musicians choose?
And now the result - 6 out of 10 violinists chose modern violins. And in the individual standings among violins, the victory of the modern instance was even brighter. And the violinists could not reliably distinguish the old from the new violin.
By the way, there is a rather old study when studying the effect of varnish on the sound of old violins.Remember, in the old Soviet film “Visit to the Minotaur” a lot was said about the secrets of lacquers? So, we dealt with this question for a long time - the lacquer recipe was completely reproduced, even the lacquer was washed off from one old violin and it didn’t completely lose in the sound quality.