Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions


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  • Vox
    Vox  3 months ago +635

    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

  • storkization
    storkization Day ago

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

  • Esteban Martinez

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

  • zer00rdie
    zer00rdie 2 days ago

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

  • Eduardo Ota
    Eduardo Ota 3 days 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 3 days ago

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

  • holy guacamole
    holy guacamole 5 days ago

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

  • Iksha Limbu
    Iksha Limbu 6 days ago

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

  • FaceFuck
    FaceFuck 9 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 9 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 9 days ago

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

  • Caroline Sturkie
    Caroline Sturkie 9 days ago

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

  • Nix0996
    Nix0996 10 days ago

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

  • Gabriel Jolabero
    Gabriel Jolabero 10 days ago

    So ur basicly paying 4 millions for a shittier version

  • Cảnh Nguyễn
    Cảnh Nguyễn 10 days ago

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

    • Earache
      Earache 8 days ago +1

      its called vibrato

    • Earache
      Earache 8 days ago

      its called vibrati

  • Jonathan Soto
    Jonathan Soto 12 days ago

    I'd rather have a linguini

  • Julius Noah Siebert
    Julius Noah Siebert 12 days ago

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

  • Penrose
    Penrose 12 days ago +5

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

  • vivi Schwarz
    vivi Schwarz 12 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 13 days ago

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

  • Critical Posts
    Critical Posts 13 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 14 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 14 days ago

    My history teacher's father owns one.

  • Priesthoodagitator
    Priesthoodagitator 14 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 14 days ago

    That taxi driver must have been careless.

  • Raphael Franks
    Raphael Franks 15 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 16 days ago

    I'd rather have Chef Boiardi.

  • Daniel Ramos
    Daniel Ramos 16 days ago


  • wellfuckyoumr
    wellfuckyoumr 17 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 18 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 18 days ago


  • Dbadaing
    Dbadaing 18 days ago


  • Debansu Bhadra
    Debansu Bhadra 18 days ago

    Soul of Italian

  • Donutsandorsleep Maps
    Donutsandorsleep Maps 20 days ago

    so it's the les paul of violins

  • nworb yfaol
    nworb yfaol 21 day ago

    but was it tuned to 432hz?

  • Anton EightBall
    Anton EightBall 21 day ago

    It’s the history of the instrument

  • Hue Lu
    Hue Lu 21 day ago

    Violin on thumbnail looks like a fake...

  • malychi truslow
    malychi truslow 22 days ago


  • DDXGaddini
    DDXGaddini 23 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 23 days ago

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

  • RickJason
    RickJason 23 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 24 days ago

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

  • Malamockq
    Malamockq 24 days ago

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

  • Hiago Prata
    Hiago Prata 24 days 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 24 days ago

    These violins are like hypebeast clothes for rich and sophisticated people

  • sahanii
    sahanii 24 days 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 24 days ago

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

  • The Lonesome Wanderer
    The Lonesome Wanderer 25 days ago

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

  • Jack Vai
    Jack Vai 25 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 25 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 26 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 26 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 26 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 28 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 29 days ago

    The wine video.

  • smwavnxc
    smwavnxc Month 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 c