Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions


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  • Vox
    Vox  7 days ago +508

    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

    • Rehdman6444
      Rehdman6444 3 days 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 days ago

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

    • bennemann
      bennemann 4 days ago

      @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 4 days ago

      I'm not surprised

    • 3.141 59
      3.141 59 4 days ago

      If the blind test showed that most musicians liked the newer violins then why don't you just put the Strads in a chipper-shredder?

  • Nate Walkner
    Nate Walkner 6 hours ago

    pretentious douchebags are willing to pay. period

  • Angela Roquemore
    Angela Roquemore 6 hours ago

    What about the Guarani del Jesu violins?

  • Ariaditya Pramestu
    Ariaditya Pramestu 6 hours ago

    Shes quite good. She should try to make a living out of it

  • Gavin Alves
    Gavin Alves 7 hours ago

    Why are ponzi schemes worth millions? Answer, they are not.

  • tube you
    tube you 8 hours ago

    So... the conclusion is that musicians are also badge snobs??

  • Jay Reilly
    Jay Reilly 8 hours ago

    They are not worth it financially, they have infinite worth artistically.

  • Lilly Schmid
    Lilly Schmid 8 hours ago

    percentage mess canadian parental organization large sue design flower card decade.

  • Henri Roy
    Henri Roy 9 hours ago

    0:23 This Is a copy of a Guarneri del Gesu violin. Look at the F holes

  • Cosnzaid36
    Cosnzaid36 10 hours ago

    -No stradivarius Viola? :(-

  • Travis Bickle
    Travis Bickle 12 hours ago

    The "Strad." It's like having a sword made by Hattori Hanzo.

  • Anthony LiPira
    Anthony LiPira 17 hours ago

    There are worth millions because they are the ultimate status symbol for elite classical musicians.

  • Shin Miru
    Shin Miru 20 hours ago

    How to make good noise violin?
    1.get messiah log
    2.make messiah log so thick a bit and make it like violin
    3.take an spider that can spread webs
    4.do a rope web on that violin

    And booom gotcha xD

  • Mr Yikes
    Mr Yikes 23 hours ago

    Ayo vox i would like to see a BTS of u guys when you go and get information and sources and like meeting up with the key figures about the topic of the video such as how did u even get an interview with this lovely lady.

  • Mr Yikes
    Mr Yikes 23 hours ago

    Hahaha I laughed at the hand reference.

  • mrsaka1211
    mrsaka1211 Day ago

    At the beginning of 1:34 i swear i thought she was gonna play helga’s theme from hey arnold

  • not qwery
    not qwery Day ago

    Heard it from a quest Agatha's Song :)

  • SiriusGarden
    SiriusGarden Day ago

    Playing good music is by heart not by the brand name... Even you are holding the most expensive instrument in your hand, it doesn't mean u have the skill to over it. However, I really like the result that nobody can tell at all.... So can I say overall some people playing around the brand name more than playing the music..

  • TheNerdyBunny
    TheNerdyBunny Day ago

    It overall depends on the quality of the modern violins they were playing. If they would have played a mass produced violin, the sound quality would have been different and they would have preferred the strads. However, if they were playing violins made by professional string makers that hand craft the violins, then they may prefer the newer ones. It also depends on eh quality of wood for the sound, so if they violins that the Violinists were playing was the same quality of a strad, a difference may be marginal.

  • imp3r1alx
    imp3r1alx Day ago

    Funny thing about price or is it worth it or not, question.. is that the buyer is the one confirms it, not the seller

  • Max Payne
    Max Payne Day ago

    Yoyomama jokes in coming

  • Timjami Virtanen

    You mean stratocaster?

  • Jade Ramos
    Jade Ramos Day ago

    very incomplete explanation. :( you've only scratched the surface of the true beauty of a Stradivari. at least in how I look at it.
    Very good video though. But not very informative enough for me.

  • CC
    CC Day ago

    Why can’t they study one of these instruments and what makes them sound better. Like just make it the same shape and size and wood type and it should sound the same?

  • Brock Shaw
    Brock Shaw Day ago

    I’d rather have a STRAT

  • Waldo
    Waldo Day ago

    That's really impressive that over half the instruments he ever made are still around 300 years later.

  • T-strike
    T-strike Day ago

    how can u lose a fukin 4 million dollar object ................... like wtf no sense

  • solar eclipse
    solar eclipse 2 days ago

    I love this narrator you guys need to keep him

  • Joep Verheijen
    Joep Verheijen 2 days ago

    There is not a single person that knows what the original sound of a stradivarius violin sounded like

  • GamersOnVideos
    GamersOnVideos 2 days ago +1

    how can a violin be worth 16 million
    there is no way in hell that it costs even more then 10000 dollar to make that thing (honestly.. 200 sounds already too much for me)

  • joshb77777
    joshb77777 2 days ago

    Is there a lost secret? Consider this idea which many have written about; much of Europe was gripped by the little ice age between around 1400 and 1800, and that the period of cold weather and long winters peaked between 1645 and 1715. Trees growing during that peak period, the so-called Maunder Minimum, showed the slowest growth rates of the entire last 500 years. What this mini ice age may have created were extremely dense trees. Instruments (especially violins) rely on vibrations for sound; and the more dense the material the clearer sound travels through it. Thus this may be why these violins sound the way they do
    Surprised vox didn't mention this

  • Gio 202122
    Gio 202122 2 days ago

    What is the best Zelda game?
    Haha get it? Yeah I hate myself too.

  • Random Uploads.
    Random Uploads. 2 days ago

    Bach Stradivarius

  • Andreas Hälsing
    Andreas Hälsing 2 days ago

    Why exactly can't these be massproduced?

  • Tim Rodriguez
    Tim Rodriguez 2 days ago

    The answer to this video starts at 2:22

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  • flakemike
    flakemike 2 days ago

    So it's the emperor's new clothes again.

  • DAnk Kush
    DAnk Kush 2 days ago

    I remember reading an article that said that Stradivarius's violins sound better because he floated them down a river to transport them or something and they got moldy.

  • Colgate is better than Supreme

    Wouldn't the plural be Stradivarii?

  • Lick Slam
    Lick Slam 2 days ago

    Thank you for posting about classical instruments!!!! Trying to spread the amazing-ness of these instruments and music to as many as people as possible! ❤️ you vox!

  • wupeide
    wupeide 2 days ago

    New violins are just as good. It has been proven.

  • Pablo Ramos
    Pablo Ramos 2 days ago

    If you're a violinists you'd hear the difference.

  • Andrew B
    Andrew B 2 days ago

    All the scientific evidence shows experts and amateurs alike prefer the sound of modern quality violins in blind tests

  • BladeAdicciòn
    BladeAdicciòn 2 days ago

    I should name my son Stradivarius because its the name of a beautiful violin. Also cuz he black.

  • Ben Lerman
    Ben Lerman 3 days ago

    zukerman doesn't play a strad

  • Spite
    Spite 3 days ago

    I kept hearing "Strat" and kept thinking either guitar or rush B

  • Noora نورة
    Noora نورة 3 days ago

    Paying this money to charity is much better than paying it to something as trivial as a violin

  • Daniel Navarro
    Daniel Navarro 3 days ago +1

    this video fails to mention that the wood Stradivari used came from trees that went through abnormal seasons, which resulted in wood with very regular density, rather than the varying density that comes from trees which go through normal seasons. the regular density of the wood results in more faithful reproduction of vibrations, i.e., music.

  • Ccmusic
    Ccmusic 3 days ago +1

    Really? You're not even going to talk about the mini ice age? Or the legend of the secret location of trees used? Not even going to mention Andrea Amati? The Godfather of the Stradivari tradition? You disappoint me, Vox.

  • Steve Ashton-Baker
    Steve Ashton-Baker 3 days ago

    Total rip off - make your own! Just stretch some rubber bands across an old tissue box, and bob's your uncle.

  • Kicks
    Kicks 3 days ago

    My friend accidentally bought a strad for $100

  • Dark Soul
    Dark Soul 3 days ago

    I'm not a violinist, not even a musician ... but millions for a piece of wood and strings 😵😵 sincerely I think it's just this thing about entering a very fancy café where somebody takes a wrapped cake, unwrap it, put in on a fancy plate and you eat it yelling like a donkey ... oh! So exquis! Wonderful! It's a piece of art! And you pay 1,000 € for something bought at 0.5 € the dozen at macy's... It's all about showing off... musicians' showing off... 👎👎

  • Bernadette Okoli
    Bernadette Okoli 3 days ago

    I guess it was made of fairy wood ;P

  • fallenSlave
    fallenSlave 3 days ago

    An instrument does never has a soul or an imagination. FOOLISH PEOPLE
    change your ways according to the God of the Bible Jesus Christ he died for you.
    That violin does not deserve atention. CHRIST does!

  • Ya Boi Sebby
    Ya Boi Sebby 3 days ago

    Too bad strad trumpets aren't worth this much lol

  • Tim Gantumur
    Tim Gantumur 3 days ago +1

    Lol what if he dropped it

  • Tiny Whiny
    Tiny Whiny 3 days ago

    They are not worth that much now. Even the cheapest violin sounds just as good because we can make them the same way as the Strat with the same materials and pump out hundreds of them in a tenth of the time.

  • Alfred Sørensen
    Alfred Sørensen 3 days ago

    This war of mine

  • Casimir de Hauteclocque

    My question is : how can a violin (or any wooden material) last so long without getting loose and decrease in quality over time ?
    I mean, 300 years is really a lot.

  • brian sylvester
    brian sylvester 3 days ago

    I would rather have a Barrett 50 sniper rifle

  • Selina Lee
    Selina Lee 3 days ago

    it's the hype

  • Gustavo Mendez
    Gustavo Mendez 3 days ago

    me gusto el video mucha información para mi

  • saemikneu
    saemikneu 3 days ago

    it's "a Stradivari" for gods sake! A similar study was done by famous guitars too. Maybe the reason of the sound is imperfection. It was all made by hand back then.

  • Dominik
    Dominik 3 days ago


  • Rebelle
    Rebelle 3 days ago

    I've always wanted to learn how to play.....And master my Queens song, "Toxic"

  • unstoppableExodia
    unstoppableExodia 3 days ago

    So in other words it's all in the mind and it's all bollocks.

  • Sven Lima
    Sven Lima 3 days ago

    Stradivarius violins are passed on from generation to generation like a challenge cup. Does each holder also engrave his/her name into the body of the violin as they do with challenge cups?

  • Brendan Mesters
    Brendan Mesters 3 days ago

    nice, people are part of instruments' lifes with stradivarius violins, not the other way around haha

  • Wolkify
    Wolkify 3 days ago +1

    damn, imagine to carry something around that is worth that much! i would be constantly nervous!

  • Wolfy O'Hare
    Wolfy O'Hare 3 days ago

    Very few are in an original condition - most have had 'modernisation' throughout their history - new, longer necks, bass bar strengthened, finger boards removed and lengthened etc. Some remain excellent instruments despite their transition from 'Baroque' violins to modern set-up. However, despite the reputation, some are very quirky and have idiosyncrasies that require talent and technique to master. Its the player that usually matters in the end. Given an expensive violin, I would still sound like a fiddler. not a violinist - but a very nervous fiddler with all that investment money concentrated in that little box of wood and strings.

  • KaosNoKamisama
    KaosNoKamisama 3 days ago

    I think that what's really interesting about stradivariuses isn't any intrinsec mysterious sound, but the very fact that they retain two distinct dimensions of artifacts that time usually separates: the iconic and the functional. On the first, they are emblems, signs of music, of passion for a craft, of dedication to an art, of longing for perfection and of tradition. On the second, they are musical instruments that are played till this day. Many similar objects, once they acquire (or are assigned) a powerful iconic value, they become totally alienated from their function and tend to end up in collections and exhibitions, never to be really used again.
    Don't get me wrong though, I'm not saying that we should be using a 6000 year old aegyptian blanket to sleep under, or that we should go and sail on historical ships untill they sink or are too dammaged to keep on. I just find stradivariuses an oddity in the context of what we usually do with historically significant things (and I'm pretty shure there must be some stradivariuses in museums instead of musicians' hands... which is fine too).

  • Notmatt
    Notmatt 3 days ago

    They sound the way they do because the voices of the old owners sing through them as a violinist plays

  • Surya Mohan
    Surya Mohan 3 days ago

    so technically worthless

  • Emma SpAce
    Emma SpAce 3 days ago

    i heard it was climactic influence on the trees

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    fjjkk 3 days ago


  • Hobart Harper
    Hobart Harper 3 days ago

    I hate brevity but good video.

  • Mag33c Mast3rr
    Mag33c Mast3rr 3 days ago

    What if the strad influenced modern violins in a huge way, and that’s why you can’t tell the difference?

  • Zymon Ramirez
    Zymon Ramirez 3 days ago

    I want to hold one

  • Keith Purdue
    Keith Purdue 3 days ago

    Most people have no ear.

  • Keith Purdue
    Keith Purdue 3 days ago

    Yes They Are!!!

  • Teeb Seeb
    Teeb Seeb 3 days ago

    It's just another example of the brand name phenomenon. Happens with Supreme and Apple. Good to know that the "cultured" crowd is just as retarded as everyone else. We're sheep together.

  • Viviana Mendoza
    Viviana Mendoza 3 days ago

    The experts couldn't tell the difference between Stradivarius violins and best modern violins in a blind test. Actually the modern violins won, but the difference wasn't statistically significant so we can call it a tie. (By the way, the modern violins can be bought for "only" $50,000. With violins, even the cheap ones are expensive).

  • Not Michael Jordan
    Not Michael Jordan 3 days ago

    It’s the history not the sound. The fact that it’s been around for 300 years and been played by who even knows is so cool.

  • little lady
    little lady 3 days ago

    This is so interesting. Answered a question I had for years.

  • Wie Siong
    Wie Siong 3 days ago

    violins are high value.. join my channel too

  • Wie Siong
    Wie Siong 3 days ago

    wow music you play..

  • Elora Elf
    Elora Elf 3 days ago

    I’m pretty sure the wood has something to do with the worth too. I think it was that the wood is much more dense because it came from trees that had rings that were really close together because they didn’t get much sunlight.

  • Rei Ichikawa
    Rei Ichikawa 3 days ago

    It sounds like any other violins lmao

  • pandaland1
    pandaland1 3 days ago

    I thought he was the walmart version of Andy Garcia

  • Jonathan Shi
    Jonathan Shi 3 days ago

    Would you rather break your friend's Strad, or play the viola terribly for the rest of your life?

  • sethraptor
    sethraptor 3 days ago

    they're probably good-ass violins idk

  • Johnson Taylor
    Johnson Taylor 3 days ago

    White people jerking each other off about the importance of their worthless art and trying to convince the world to follow suit.

  • Scorpion MLG
    Scorpion MLG 3 days ago

    If I have a violin attached to my arm does that mean I am rich .. WORTH 16 MILLION BITCHS GET ON MA LEVEL ...

    jk Violins are nice to have I really like them

  • David  Lucey
    David Lucey 3 days ago

    Name recognition and marketing

  • jerry bryant
    jerry bryant 3 days ago

    isnt it funny how every person describes the sound differantly? which means it is all just their opinions.

  • findlanr
    findlanr 3 days ago

    Wouldn't a better study be a Stradivarius vs. other violins from that time period?

  • LesbianWednesdays
    LesbianWednesdays 3 days ago

    answer: they're not

  • Citizen Mike
    Citizen Mike 4 days ago

    Placebo then. Hey how do I go trending on YT anyways? I do dope stuff...

  • Alex Rivers
    Alex Rivers 4 days ago +1

    So high quality it sounds like heaven. I'd kill to even be in the same room as a Stradivarius Violin.

  • Scott Cornish
    Scott Cornish 4 days ago

    another Vox video where they don't fully answer the question that the title asks