Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions

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  • Vox
    Vox  5 months ago +728

    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

    • Luigi Pati
      Luigi Pati Day ago

      Vox ,People talk about stuff they do not understand or know anything about. Why is an old and used Ferrari Dino worth more than a new Ferrari? The new Ferrari is even faster, but it is worth less. No one would be dumb enough to trade a Stradivarius with a new Yamaha violin, even though the Yamaha is a perfectly fine instrument. The Stradivari is NOT just about quality, although the quality is guaranteed to be very high, but it is NOT only about quality. The Stradivari is an antique item and a very rare one, made by a luthier that was the best around even then, and who today is legendary. It is a piece of history. But you can find the Yamaha in any good music shop. What would you have, a painting of Van Gogh or the painting of a living painter? An original score by Mozart or one by a living composer? The living composer might be a fantastic musician, but Mozart is a legend, and for very good reasons. Stradivari isn't different, he is a legend today for very good reasons, and it is your fault if you do not know why, go learn your music history, will take you years. Who says that it is only about " quality" ? You mention "quality" because you know nothing better about musical instruments. It is like saying that a colour modern painting is better than a black and white sketch made by Da Vinci just because there's colours in the other painting. It is Stradivari, ignoramuses, not Yamaha, Sony or Panasonic :) if you just want a good violin buy a Yamaha, if you want a very special and legendary violin, buy the Stradivari. And besides, it is a killer investment too.

    • nancy143
      nancy143 Month ago

      Tech Freak the test participant are professional musician, but they are not the elite violinist would get to play or own a strad. I actually have passed the ABRSM grade 8 piano exam when I was 13 (much like many other Asian kids) and I went on to study the performance diploma, if I made my mind up to be a pianist as my career, I can be called a professional as well. But does it means my ears is as sensitive as Mozart? Can I go to a performance, hear it once and play it out base solely on my hearing? Hell no.

    • nancy143
      nancy143 Month ago

      Landy Flowers I agree! Also these strads violin are meant to use by the best violinist and the most trained ear, it doesn’t need to appeal to the general public or average professional, since these ppl are not even the violin’s target market. People is willing to pay a ton for fresh ice in say a desert region, while the Eskimos probably won’t be willing to pay a dime. A value of a product is not solely depends on quality alone. And that “double blind”experiment is a bit faulted in design. First of all, if a musician have to play so many pieces on 11 violins, how can the “quality” of each play be exactly the same? And the conclusion the experience draw is that average professional prefer the sound of new violin over old strads, it’s a very clear misinterpretation to use that conclusion to say old strads quality is inferior to the new. A better design for that experiment would be they invite owners /players of the strads to hear the sound of these violins played by a controlled robotic arms, and then ask them to rate the quality of the sound of the violins.

    • Julia J
      Julia J Month ago

      That moment when you see a Vox video right under a "Louder With Crowder" video, lmao

    • Rehdman6444
      Rehdman6444 5 months ago

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

  • Luigi Pati
    Luigi Pati Day ago

    In addition to my previous argument that kills your ignorant one: why an old Ferrari Dino is worth more than a brand spanking new Ferrari, especially considering the new one is even FASTER? why a 1950's Fender Telecaster with rust on, is worth a lot more than a new Fender Telecaster? Why a 1950's Les Paul is worth a lot more than a new Les Paul? Why an old Marshall amp is worth more than a new Marshall amp? I could go on for weeks. And I am comparing an old item vs a new item FROM THE SAME FACTORY, and note that the quality of the new items is NOT lower. So why a Stradivarius violin is worth millions, and new Yamaha violin, a quality instrument, is worth only a tiny fraction? why a 1959 Les Paul is worth a LOT more than a new one? The new one is hardly lower in quality, you still get killer quality with a new one. But why an old and rusty same model from 1959 is worth a lot more? Because old is better than new, or sounds better, or is built better? Why is gold worth a lot more than silver, or platinum more than gold? Well, here's why: you can buy a Yamaha violin anywhere, but you cannot find a Stradivari anywhere. The Stradivari is very rare, and is a legendary item. It is an instrument that carries hundreds of years of history with it, built by a legendary luthier who has not been around anymore for centuries. The Yamaha is just a solid quality instrument for the working musician. The one has nothing to do with the other, except it's two violins. Wow, you are a genius.

  • Luigi Pati
    Luigi Pati Day ago

    Vox ,People talk about stuff they do not understand or know anything about. Why is an old and used Ferrari Dino worth more than a new Ferrari? The new Ferrari is even faster, but it is worth less. No one would be dumb enough to trade a Stradivarius with a new Yamaha violin, even though the Yamaha is a perfectly fine instrument. The Stradivari is NOT just about quality, although the quality is guaranteed to be very high, but it is NOT only about quality. The Stradivari is an antique item and a very rare one, made by a luthier that was the best around even then, and who today is legendary. It is a piece of history. But you can find the Yamaha in any good music shop. What would you have, a painting of Van Gogh or the painting of a living painter? An original score by Mozart or one by a living composer? The living composer might be a fantastic musician, but Mozart is a legend, and for very good reasons. Stradivari isn't different, he is a legend today for very good reasons, and it is your fault if you do not know why, go learn your music history, will take you years. Who says that it is only about " quality" ? You mention "quality" because you know nothing better about musical instruments. It is like saying that a colour modern painting is better than a black and white sketch made by Da Vinci just because there's colours in the other painting. It is Da Vinci, ignoramuses. It is Stradivari, not Yamaha, Sony or Panasonic :) if you just want a good violin buy a Yamaha, if you want a very special item and legendary violin, buy the Stradivari. And besides, it is a killer investment too, which the Yamaha is not, you brilliant, worldwide renowned experts ;)

  • SkankHunt42
    SkankHunt42 Day ago

    marketing

  • BlueStorm Games
    BlueStorm Games 2 days ago

    at my school we have a upright bass named “K” made in the 1930’s

  • HeatDev [GD]
    HeatDev [GD] 2 days ago

    It’s... made out of... wood...

  • Héctor Cuevas Ramos

    Excellent video,
    Thanks!

  • Mariyam Ibrahim
    Mariyam Ibrahim 4 days ago

    0:28 it's like losing 4million subscribers...

  • Zanacks
    Zanacks 4 days ago

    It would be neat to play "Stratovarius" on the Stradivarius

  • Aidan Lyons
    Aidan Lyons 4 days ago

    I’m a musician, never heard of one of these lol

  • Max Voloshin
    Max Voloshin 4 days ago

    Some of his guitars still exist too.

  • Zicarx TheGreat
    Zicarx TheGreat 5 days ago

    Imagine if somebody who couldnt play a violin bought a Strad

  • Zicarx TheGreat
    Zicarx TheGreat 5 days ago

    0:49 Ray Chen

  • CVerse
    CVerse 5 days ago

    Orchestra players, where you at?

  • Ken Sibal
    Ken Sibal 5 days ago

    Stradivarius viola anyone?

  • MrCorvusC
    MrCorvusC 6 days ago

    Why everybody still keep confusing worth with cost. They cost millions. Because somebody decided. Their worth is a completely different topic.

  • DoomGhoul
    DoomGhoul 6 days ago

    Its just the money talking

  • Joseph Racanelli
    Joseph Racanelli 6 days ago

    "Even if you're not a musician like me""

  • Bo_jelin
    Bo_jelin 6 days ago

    Sooo... basically these are the iPhones of the violins...?

  • Sapa Holliday
    Sapa Holliday 6 days ago

    It was something to do with the wood as well, I think a study was done of the tree rings.

  • Anton Kravets
    Anton Kravets 7 days ago

    So basically it's fetish

  • Giokyo
    Giokyo 9 days ago

    4 million?? it better teach me to play then .

  • Sir Nicholas D
    Sir Nicholas D 11 days ago

    Snob nonsense. Heard the same notes from a Walmart electric violin 🙄

  • suchdoge
    suchdoge 12 days ago

    when the results of the blind test were revealed....ROFL
    Snobby classical musicians hahaha

  • Gary Kuo
    Gary Kuo 12 days ago

    Beautiful playing, Michelle!

  • John Cena
    John Cena 12 days ago

    You would have to do this *plays the violin*
    Im like what u talking about...

  • alex63501
    alex63501 12 days ago

    Excellent Video!

  • Ongaku Haze
    Ongaku Haze 13 days ago +1

    Because stupid rich people think they’re worth that much

  • Walbe 123
    Walbe 123 13 days ago

    Wow, so you use a violin makers study. Surely you would think he has a vested interest right vox?!?

  • Erik Čebokli
    Erik Čebokli 14 days ago

    You know what is surprising? The ability to tell the difference between a super expensive and less expensive instrument fades in comparison to how an instrument makes you feel.
    Musicians mostly search for the vibe the instrument gives us with its sound being in a tight 2nd place.

  • Pushkar Jain
    Pushkar Jain 15 days ago

    To me, it still doesn't explain why they are worth millions.

  • Tristan Schwartz
    Tristan Schwartz 16 days ago

    A distant relative of mine had a Stradivarius violin and sold it to buy a house

  • John Spiccc
    John Spiccc 16 days ago

    Rip viola players
    Also why not just get an electric violin for W A Y cheaper?

  • Vincenzo Leopardo
    Vincenzo Leopardo 17 days ago +1

    All of the best things in life, are Italian.

  • Lin Zhu
    Lin Zhu 17 days ago

    Anyone knows the music played at 4:34? Thank you!

  • exparzo 305
    exparzo 305 17 days ago

    Anyone here after hearing Jack Black play on his Sax-A-Boom?

  • Chris A.
    Chris A. 17 days ago

    Is this the violin sleightlymusical uses?

  • Madeline Wedig
    Madeline Wedig 17 days ago

    I had front row seats to one of the New York Philharmonic's shows. It was amazing!

  • Mike Lindell
    Mike Lindell 17 days ago

    I honestly think these are just normal-feeling violins, but people think they “feel better than the regular ones” just because they spent millions of dollars on it, and they don’t want to feel like they got scammed

  • Brethren of Yeshua
    Brethren of Yeshua 17 days ago

    No violin should be over $20,000 and that's still too much for such a small sound difference. A $5,000 violin doesn't sound much different than a 2 million dollar violin.

    • DvDwatcher
      DvDwatcher 13 days ago

      Brethren of Yeshua but the 2 million violin is made by experts. And the $5,000 violin will break much earlier the 2 million. Just think. This type of violin is made *AGES* ago. Perfected every year by people who is making this violin by making small adjustments to increase the overall performance and because of that, the sound will come out much clearer. I don’t know how many months it takes to make a violin that is worth 2 million, but its probably much longer than the $5,000 one.

  • Jerrold Morgan
    Jerrold Morgan 17 days ago

    I'd rather have a 59 Les Paul

  • HEDDBANGERZ OFFICIAL
    HEDDBANGERZ OFFICIAL 19 days ago

    so proud im named after him

  • Pranav Kamath
    Pranav Kamath 19 days ago

    In a very general sense it’s the law of diminishing returns, an instrument costing a 4000 dollars is usually worlds better than one costing 400 but the improvement of a 40,000 dollar instrument over a 4000 dollar one is much much smaller. It works this way for almost anything once you scale the prices; guitars, cars, clothes, etc.

  • Christiaan Baron
    Christiaan Baron 20 days ago

    some gombeen just drove up the prices so he could make a lot of money, they do same thing at norman's "rare" guitars. you can get a kit to assemble your own violin made out of the same wood as a strad for about 300 dollars

  • Lars Ambrosia
    Lars Ambrosia 21 day ago

    Now what about a sax-a-boom? Cuz I hear that they're as rare as a Stradivarius.

  • Alex Rivers
    Alex Rivers 22 days ago +3

    The most beautiful instrument in the world, both musically and visually

  • Faith Jones
    Faith Jones 23 days ago

    What are they made of?

  • Steven Wang
    Steven Wang 23 days ago

    but... i can tell the differents between old and new violins.

  • Sspino
    Sspino 23 days ago

    There goes my dream

  • EdinPlayZ
    EdinPlayZ 23 days ago +1

    the problem is that its an instrument. you make music with it. it should be sold at manufacturing price + 40% for the profit. I can (and everybody else) make the violin.

    • DvDwatcher
      DvDwatcher 13 days ago +1

      The REAL problem is that its not a normal instrument. You and me are just normal people. If you made a violin, even the most talented violinist will not even play with the “instrument” you’ve made. Just like the replier said above me, you can apply that to the violins made in factories and those sound like *crap.*

    • Ed Loki
      Ed Loki 19 days ago +1

      I dunno.... you can apply that pricing for machine/factory made fiddles. Those sound like crap. For hand-made violins it takes at least a month to make one. Throw in labour costs in there and you're in the $10k range for a hand-made violin.

  • Justin Yee
    Justin Yee 24 days ago

    It's worth it if you can play

  • John Gerald
    John Gerald 25 days ago

    I have Strads but I don't know how to use it.

  • El Morto Beats Hip Hop Beats

    I smell bs! if the strat is so great, just copi it! its just a handmade instrument... use old wood and make a replika.

  • Star Hunter
    Star Hunter 29 days ago

    I imagine part of it is psychological. They believe in the violin, which in turn gives them more confidence and so they think the music is better. A placebo, just without pills/IV's. Personally, I would be so afraid of breaking the damn thing that I would play worse. It would be like breaking a piece of history.

  • Shiny Sylveon Girl Pirate

    I thought philippe said Philippines lol

  • nancy143
    nancy143 Month ago

    The fact that these violin are meant for the elite violinist or the most trained ears, means it doesn’t need to sound good/superior for the general public, it’s not meant for the general public or average professional to appreciate the difference. The double blind study should in fact invite the owner or play of strads violin to do the study, if these owner also prefer new over strads, then the study can say the hype is irrational.

  • Incipientium cubing

    Strad vs. Strat

  • Pedro Patrão
    Pedro Patrão Month ago

    Why is Andy Garcia in this?

  • bliglum
    bliglum Month ago

    People just love overpriced stuff..

  • Galeo Curvier
    Galeo Curvier Month ago

    In short you like it because,
    it's rare, expensive and most
    people are likely to never have
    one.
    An instrument is a tool the
    musician is the soul.
    A bad musician will sound bad
    on the most expensive instrument,
    but a professional can make even
    some of the cheapest instruments
    sound tolerable.

  • Sam Fosdick
    Sam Fosdick Month ago

    Perhaps you should have mentioned the wood he used was actually submerged in water for years this washing away substances found in the cells of the wood, thus the wood became lighter and more resonant. Modern day treasure hunters have found felled trees submerged in lakes and rivers (especially old growth Maple) to have very similar tonal quality. Thus this lumber fetches literally $1000s. It's amazing that you simply didn't mention the most vital information about the strads. So sad for the younger generation that believes everything they read online. Even more sad that someone like you omits vital facts and pawn yourself off as some factual content product. I'm a modern day luthier working with no power tools and work the wood by hand...but what do I know...I'm not VOX!

  • Sandy Beaton
    Sandy Beaton Month ago

    Are the the same stings

  • Marcelo Irusta
    Marcelo Irusta Month ago

    she rips!!!!!!!!!!

  • angely aponte
    angely aponte Month ago

    I wish i could afford one.

  • Arachnofondler
    Arachnofondler Month ago

    Two words: placebo effect

  • Leonard Wenk
    Leonard Wenk Month ago

    Sartorius?

  • Angel Na Eun
    Angel Na Eun Month ago

    Its does have a soul! 😲😲😲

  • Lucas Collins
    Lucas Collins Month ago

    And the internet thought the iPhone X was expensive...

  • Toigbo
    Toigbo Month ago +2

    Hypebeast of the music world.

  • Morgan Yoite
    Morgan Yoite Month ago

    I guess the beauty in these instruments is that they’re still playable to this day

  • Sean
    Sean Month ago

    The reason strads have this tonal quality is because of 2 things. The material they're made out of, and the person who made them. The wood used for the bodies of the strads was taken from trees that grew during the mini ice age that happened from the late 1600's to the mid to late 1700's which is the time period these violins were made. Because of the colder temperatures any trees that grew during this time frame had tighter groupings of rings on the inside of the trunk. So basically the idea is the higher pitch you're stringed instrument, the tighter the rings of the tree need to be. When the sound resonates inside the body those rings in the wood vibrate. And since higher pitch frequencies travel faster, the closer your rings are together the better the resignation from the body will be.

  • Suga Free Luna
    Suga Free Luna Month ago

    I play in band. Idk why I’m watching this expensive violin

  • hamsterway
    hamsterway Month ago +1

    One thing that might be an important matter is, that controlling sound that violin and YOU create is HARD. Generally, less stressful violin should not sound too loud or echo too much. This is quite a nut to artisans who builds violin.
    As the artisan who construct violin from random piece of wood(quality wood is not only expensive but also has a lot of odd against those who want to buy it.) have to pass test, which he or she must hope pieces of woods wont not crack, improperly get bonded, etc. and THEN he or she must hope that survived pieces of wood integrate to form, a violin. THEN now he or she must hope that it do make sound-sounding-sound.
    THEN now buyer, whoever he/she is, must hope, violin's sound to be generally acceptable, and THEN hope it is reasonable to control.
    Point of Stradivarius is, that it is built when those annoying chunk of woods were generally the best among human history that we can reasonably consider. At least, very first step, praying for reasonable quality from wood, is out of concern in Stradivarius. Which is very very BIG thing. Else, matter of random sh**
    Ah ALSO, almost every single Violin now-day is BASED on Stradivarius. It is standard. Whenever we rate violin, Stradivarius is measuring standard.

    • Chas Corbet
      Chas Corbet 9 days ago

      you have quite overlooked the Guernieri del Jesu; and the Amati[s], both of which are copied today as well as the Strads

  • SeraphOf YourEnd
    SeraphOf YourEnd Month ago +2

    Damn. Imagine if the cab driver knew what that was.

    • Simon Carlile
      Simon Carlile 4 days ago

      lol, he'd either be living the good life right now or be in prison forever. Probably the latter, since finding a fence for a $4 million violin is not something a random cab driver is capable of.

  • Lazar Sreckovic
    Lazar Sreckovic Month ago

    Better than stupid postmodern paintings

  • Julia Paulino
    Julia Paulino Month ago

    They're like the Rolls Royces of the string world

  • MrXlemonE
    MrXlemonE Month ago

    all I could hear the entire video is farts
    anyone else had this problem?

  • Sion Paddy
    Sion Paddy Month ago

    Just sounds like a violin love

  • GD Duhpowah
    GD Duhpowah Month ago

    Twosetviolin? Anyone? XDDD

  • MAVIX
    MAVIX Month ago

    My violin is 1k and I am already jealous and careful lol

  • Jiří Čoupek
    Jiří Čoupek Month ago

    Strad? like stradocaster

  • Riski Rills
    Riski Rills Month ago

    oh really?
    instrument have soul

    • Riski Rills
      Riski Rills Month ago +1

      even i doubt that human have soul

  • CinCau
    CinCau Month ago

    I miss playing my violin

  • Little Cindy
    Little Cindy Month ago

    My violin is worth $1000 😅😅

  • Nero Alt
    Nero Alt Month ago +1

    yo ma ma

  • Edgard Wiresner
    Edgard Wiresner Month ago

    We have lots of staphylococcus in my ward.

  • Fahrul Tamima
    Fahrul Tamima Month ago +2

    Stratocaster is the best instrument in the world.

  • Ashley Weston
    Ashley Weston Month ago

    The timbre of the Strads is significantly greater than the average, modern day violins. I have a hard time believing that professional musicians had a hard time deciphering which one was which.

  • Owen Jones
    Owen Jones Month ago

    Viola's better.

  • percejude vicente
    percejude vicente Month ago

    its a cult

    • Adam Smith
      Adam Smith Month ago

      It's fine art, which means it has relative value compared to the scarcity. Functionally, there is very little difference between a well-made violin from the 17th century and one made today, but there's much more behind the economics of it.
      Are Picasso paintings and Air Jordans also cults? Art and culture add value, whether you appreciate that or not.

  • Róbert Csutak
    Róbert Csutak Month ago

    The Irony at 4:06 that's actually a piano sheet😂😂😂😂

  • Gutemberg Pedrosa
    Gutemberg Pedrosa Month ago

    TLDW: They aren't really worth it. Just placebo.

  • storkization
    storkization Month ago

    So..... why... Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions??

  • Esteban Martinez
    Esteban Martinez Month ago

    Why does that guy look like Andy Garcia mixed with Robert DeNiro

  • zer00rdie
    zer00rdie Month ago

    Stradivarius are just myhological, no point ever using one over a new violin.

  • Eduardo Ota
    Eduardo Ota Month 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 Month ago

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

  • holy guacamole
    holy guacamole 2 months ago

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

  • Iksha Limbu
    Iksha Limbu 2 months ago

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