Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions


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  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +632

    Violins aren't the only thing where a high price may not translate into quality. Watch our video on why expensive wine is for suckers: bit.ly/2wBvje9

    • Adam Schaeffer
      Adam Schaeffer 2 months ago

      The wood was also, as far as I heard, much denser and rare by today's standards. That it would have been harvested just about the time the "mini ice age" in Europe was ending, and so some trees' growth had slowed down so much the rings inside were incredibly close together, creating the dense wood Stradivari used and giving his instruments a particular harmonic quality.

    • Rehdman6444
      Rehdman6444 3 months ago

      Jack Jammen: That's a really good idea but, a 52-pound violin would be a bear to play.

    • Bo Kyong Kim
      Bo Kyong Kim 3 months ago

      You prefer 'to' something... Not 'over'...

    • bennemann
      bennemann 3 months ago +2

      @3.141 59 I don't know, maybe because they're worth millions of dollars due to their historical value? That answer is literally at the end of the video...

    • Ty Cobb
      Ty Cobb 3 months ago

      I'm not surprised

  • Eduardo Ota
    Eduardo Ota Hour ago

    It's value is priceless. There is no comparison. One truly is an heirloom that gets passed down from generation to generation and the others are just modern violins.

  • kainoamh
    kainoamh 4 hours ago

    1:59 Damn, thought she was going to play Paganini's 5th Caprice there for a second

  • holy guacamole
    holy guacamole 2 days ago

    That cab driver regretted it for the rest of his life....

  • Iksha Limbu
    Iksha Limbu 3 days ago

    I was just searching on google about... never mind...

  • FaceFuck
    FaceFuck 6 days ago

    That cab driver is a saint

  • Saravannan Balakrishnan

    Because it's old is what they're trying to say.

  • Gla ZeD
    Gla ZeD 6 days ago

    What bullshit .... says they got experts to play mean while it's just some music teachair at some shitty school.
    If u can't tell the diff and it's ur profession I think it's time to move on.

    • Great Mallard
      Great Mallard 5 days ago

      Gla ZeD there are so many things wrong with what you just said

  • Caroline Sturkie
    Caroline Sturkie 6 days ago

    I treat my 1000 dollar violin like an actual child I can’t even imagine breathing around a strad

  • Nix0996
    Nix0996 7 days ago

    First time I heard of one of these violins was in an episode of White Collar

  • Gabriel Jolabero
    Gabriel Jolabero 7 days ago

    So ur basicly paying 4 millions for a shittier version

  • Cảnh Nguyễn
    Cảnh Nguyễn 7 days ago

    Why do their left fingers have to push & move while playing it?

    • Earache
      Earache 5 days ago +1

      its called vibrato

    • Earache
      Earache 5 days ago

      its called vibrati

  • Jonathan Soto
    Jonathan Soto 8 days ago

    I'd rather have a linguini

  • Julius Noah Siebert
    Julius Noah Siebert 9 days ago

    When a instrument is older than the united states...

  • Penrose
    Penrose 9 days ago +4

    Can we take a moment and appreciate the coolest name ever : "Urelli Corelli"???

  • vivi Schwarz
    vivi Schwarz 9 days ago

    Why r american people the only ones that will never ever pronounce a name as it is but make it sound english tho

  • Thom
    Thom 10 days ago

    In American English, you wouldn't be able to tell if it were Stradivarius or Strativarius...

  • Critical Posts
    Critical Posts 10 days ago

    Yes it sounds very silvery...
    Wtf is that supposed to mean? I'd say hitting a bin with a rotten fish produces a diamondy tone.

  • jerolvilladolid
    jerolvilladolid 11 days ago

    Its like Rolls Royce. Basically paying 100 times the cost of a jeep, but its also really a jeep.

  • Angela Mei
    Angela Mei 11 days ago

    My history teacher's father owns one.

  • Priesthoodagitator
    Priesthoodagitator 11 days ago

    Stradivarius made his violins to be played in bars and other honkey tonk places. He never intended serious musicians to play them.

  • Glade Fuller
    Glade Fuller 11 days ago

    That taxi driver must have been careless.

  • Raphael Franks
    Raphael Franks 11 days ago

    my grandad didn't know he had a Stradivarius and gave it to his neice. it wasn't until she took it to get tuned at a shop once that they were shocked to tell her she had a Stradivarius. I have no clue where he got it from originally, most likely his parents gave it to him. all I got given was his music stand : /

  • wwbdwwbd
    wwbdwwbd 13 days ago

    I'd rather have Chef Boiardi.

  • Daniel Ramos
    Daniel Ramos 13 days ago


  • wellfuckyoumr
    wellfuckyoumr 14 days ago

    A charity auction price means nothing, that’s just rich people being rich people. Also this is just like the current vintage guitar market, it’s hilarious that people will pay more for old stuff that’s worse than new stuff.

  • monsterluv101
    monsterluv101 14 days ago

    People who bash on strads need to realise that not only are these violins (and other strad instruments)are still playable but that they've 1) survived over 300 years 2) have been played by renowned musicians 3) for the age of the instruments most are still in immaculate condition and still playable 4) AND there are so few strad instruments left which makes the top dollars you pay worth it. Its not just the hype or just the sound, but also the history, the prestine conditon, and the rarity of the instruments.

    • monsterluv101
      monsterluv101 14 days ago


  • Dbadaing
    Dbadaing 15 days ago


  • Debansu Bhadra
    Debansu Bhadra 15 days ago

    Soul of Italian

  • Donutsandorsleep Maps
    Donutsandorsleep Maps 17 days ago

    so it's the les paul of violins

  • nworb yfaol
    nworb yfaol 17 days ago

    but was it tuned to 432hz?

  • Anton EightBall
    Anton EightBall 18 days ago

    It’s the history of the instrument

  • Hue Lu
    Hue Lu 18 days ago

    Violin on thumbnail looks like a fake...

  • malychi truslow
    malychi truslow 19 days ago


  • DDXGaddini
    DDXGaddini 19 days ago

    "So, if I were
    * plays violin *
    But, you know, if I play something
    * plays violin *
    And versus you know, something
    * plays violin *
    Because in my daughter's instrument i would have to..."
    * plays violin*

  • apotheos1s
    apotheos1s 20 days ago

    Of course they're valuable, they're a goddamn quest item in Fallout 3.

  • RickJason
    RickJason 20 days ago

    A 1959 Gibson Les Paul is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. We are dealing with an electronic instrument. Electronics don’t get better with time. They degrade. The wood is the same woods as they use now and it’s really unknown how much that effects the sound. If people believe something is better, to them it becomes a reality,

  • Nora Germain
    Nora Germain 21 day ago

    luthierrrr not "luthie-yay" lol. my dad is one.

  • Malamockq
    Malamockq 21 day ago

    Like red wine, no one can tell the difference between cheap and expensive.

  • Hiago Prata
    Hiago Prata 21 day ago

    This is just like modern branding. Nobody buys an Apple product because of its quality, but because it's an APPLE!

  • Salatiel Jyrus Tumanan

    Will Strats and Les Pauls still be loved by guitar players like Strads are valued by violinists in the next hundred years? Hope so

  • Axeli
    Axeli 21 day ago

    These violins are like hypebeast clothes for rich and sophisticated people

  • sahanii
    sahanii 21 day ago

    That "study" was not done in a propper way, it was performed in a small environment, and a strad is NOT a close quarter weapon.
    Do the same study playing from a scene or an amphitheater and the outcome would change drasticly.

  • Diego Khoo
    Diego Khoo 21 day ago

    one question, how do they keep things made out of wood for so long?

  • The Lonesome Wanderer

    pretty cool, never been a musician myself but this stuffs interesting

  • Jack Vai
    Jack Vai 22 days ago

    same reason picasso s are...human perceptions...
    the future will look back on us and laugh at our primitive BS

  • D Zuke
    D Zuke 22 days ago

    So strats and strads are pretty similar: they're both string instruments that, while still high quality, get most of their value from their name.
    Erm, strats are stratocaster guitars for those unfamiliar. Although if you're unfamiliar you likely don't know a lot about the value to quality ratio of stratocaster guitars and thus have no idea what I'm talking about, so I'm not sure why I'm even saying all this.

  • Clarence Royandoyan
    Clarence Royandoyan 23 days ago

    There’s a Stradivarius merch store in a Philippine mall owned by SM. The mall is SM Aura Premier, if anyone was asking.

  • Douglas Dennis
    Douglas Dennis 23 days ago

    Complete utter nonsense. Every niche market will inevitably create a stratified layout of perceived value. Why? Because that is how you command the highest price.
    Objectively Stradivarius violins are no better than modern day high quality violins.
    Another thing that annoys me is when people say that Stradivarius made 1100 instruments in his day. He had a shop of people working for him. He didn't make everything himself. That would be impossible. Yes he was a good builder of instruments but he probably also possessed good management skills and that is why he was successful.

  • David Dalmatian
    David Dalmatian 23 days ago

    >lady goes on and on, trying to demonstrate the sound of the strad
    >me, feeling dumb
    >science says she doesn't know what she's talking about
    >me, feeling relieved

  • shadysheep
    shadysheep 25 days ago

    why would anyone spend millions fors some lil guitar with a stick

  • The Ultimate Reductionist

    Because musicians are overpaid idiots. That's why.

  • Andrew Cai
    Andrew Cai 26 days ago

    The wine video.

  • smwavnxc
    smwavnxc 27 days ago

    I mean, I've never played it myself, so I'm not sure about the special sound quality or something, but it has a lot of history in it and was also played by famous musicians in each century and generations, and it's also quite surprising that it's not just in a museum somewhere or just being collected but because it is still being played and is usable 300 years after the creation of it.

  • Lai You
    Lai You 27 days ago

    Paganini:give me g I give u world

  • EroticFrankfurt
    EroticFrankfurt 27 days ago


  • Tiffany Wong
    Tiffany Wong 27 days ago

    What song was she playing?

  • Nathasakorn somchit

    A multi-million placebo!!!!

  • RK831
    RK831 Month ago

    I saw a video where some top experts listened to three violins: a Strad, a cheapo and a Fustier. They picked the Fustier!

  • federico saviano
    federico saviano Month ago

    Cough cough

  • why
    why Month ago

    1:34 whats the song/piece name?

  • Pablo123456x
    Pablo123456x Month ago +2

    It's "literally" a violin.
    Figuratively it might be a link to the past.

  • Vladimir Lopez
    Vladimir Lopez Month ago

    The true value of the Stradivarius is wrapped in hype from auction houses and high end dealers driving up the prices.

  • Jester King
    Jester King Month ago

    Violinists love strads, guitarists love strats.

  • milkeu bars
    milkeu bars Month ago

    2:59 omg of all the things I noticed, why does it have to be the hands...

  • Kai-Xuan Yao
    Kai-Xuan Yao Month ago

    2:12 holy that's what my violin sounds like right there!

  • Oreo KitKat
    Oreo KitKat Month ago

    I'm in England and my school had more than 15 strads.

  • JK JK
    JK JK Month ago

    As a musician and former athlete, I understand how particular high quality instruments or pieces of equipment have subtle differences which simply makes them better for skilled players who use them. And its hard to explain these differences to everyday people.
    With that being said, 18 mil for a damn violin is ridiculous.

  • Šarūnas
    Šarūnas Month ago

    people have a hard time grasping the concept of a brand. Stradivarius is one of the more prominent examples

  • Around Reality
    Around Reality Month ago

    Stradivarius violin more like Bach Stradivarius okay not funny but you dont need a violin that expensive you’ll be fine with Yamaha I

  • amal zuhair
    amal zuhair Month ago

    Two hundred years in the future they will display iPhones as primitive technology and dank memes as art of our generation in museums. Way to go everyone.

    JMion VIOLINIST Month ago

    i cried, when she play

  • Dino Spumoni
    Dino Spumoni Month ago +1

    2:27 It's "LOO-tee-er" not "LOO-thee-ay".

  • Ling Lings’s Little violin gang

    I know the real reason why

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  • TakeMe ToSpace
    TakeMe ToSpace Month ago

    This is the violine.... The souns that always gives me goosebumps

  • Dave Cullins
    Dave Cullins Month ago

    In short:
    It's placebo.

  • Akid Abdullah
    Akid Abdullah Month ago


  • Victor Agata
    Victor Agata Month ago

    Sounds like the fine art market to me.

  • sara manzur
    sara manzur Month ago

    pongan subitutlos en español porfavor ta tremenda la info pero no se entiende nada a veces

  • Mo Money
    Mo Money Month ago +1

    They're the 🍷 snobes of the 🎶 world.

  • satellite964
    satellite964 Month ago

    Like that lady said, even a Strad can sound like a kids practice violin is played like one. There needs to be a long term study.

  • jdvillao
    jdvillao Month ago

    What is the name of the asian artist @4:00 ? I have seen her in another video

  • SuperPussyFinger
    SuperPussyFinger 2 months ago +1

    People blindly fall for the hyperbolic mystique associate with this "special" violin. It’s all in their heads.

  • njuta
    njuta 2 months ago

    Really cool video. I think that it's kind of like the first editions of classic books, the story is the same, the ending is the same... but there's something very special with older items that have their own unique history.

  • Alex Swiatkiwsky
    Alex Swiatkiwsky 2 months ago

    Sounds pretty shitty tbh. I can make better sounds when I play the spoons at the bar.

  • Johnnie Wei
    Johnnie Wei 2 months ago

    In the last minute part, its great that the double-blind test shows elite musician can not tell the difference. It means Strad is just a piece of antique, people are focusing the history and reputation than its function;

  • Der Alte
    Der Alte 2 months ago

    The superiority can be true for trained ears. Well, at least it's not a "modern art" pretentious thing.

  • Wesson Colt
    Wesson Colt 2 months ago

    Can you do one on the Selmer Mark VI? I feel that’s the saxophone equivalent to a Stradivarius string instrument

  • Emmett 251
    Emmett 251 2 months ago

    What piece was she playing

  • Portraitz
    Portraitz 2 months ago


  • Vito C
    Vito C 2 months ago

    1:53 - I thought she was gonna test its durability by smashing it on the floor

  • Nick Hutchins
    Nick Hutchins 2 months ago


  • In it for the long haul long haul

    I got the answer to your question,

  • Matthew Yee
    Matthew Yee 2 months ago +1

    Pateks don't keep time any better than Seikos. But it's about the history and the craftsmanship that it took to make the piece. It's artistic as much as it is functional.

  • Justin Marcellus
    Justin Marcellus 2 months ago

    A Luthier isn't just a violin maker. They make stringed instruments that have a neck and a soundbox. Come on Vox.

  • voilaviolamh
    voilaviolamh 2 months ago

    The names associated with violins, violas, cellos, and basses impact the price just as much as "quality", and it impacts the way you perceive its sound and playability. After a certain point in level of quality, the quality of the make of a particular violin becomes utterly subjective just like it does once you get to a certain level of musicianship. You can't say, "well, this one is better than that one" or "he plays better than this other player." It just becomes different, not better or worse. That along with the names coming along with a fiddle makes shopping for an instrument difficult, which is why it's better to establish your a price range and just try instruments out without knowing if this one is a few thousand/hundred more or less, who played it before, the maker, etc. Even just the way it looks can affect your decision. So it's best to go off sound alone as much as possible.

  • That Niga Across The Street

    "It's all in the mind"

  • Tristan
    Tristan 2 months ago

    A Strad? I'd rather have a Strat

  • Jason Baskerville
    Jason Baskerville 2 months ago

    It's hard for me to believe with the technology that we have we couldn't recreate something that is just as good or better.

  • CaseNumber00
    CaseNumber00 2 months ago

    Maybe they have a unique sound due to the wood and not the craftsmanship?