Original Master Instrument
Just wondering. Is there any original Stradivari / Guarneri/ Amati instrument in existence? I mean, unmodified \ repaired by generations of the best Luthiers in the world, just cleaned up and fitted with gut strings. What would they sound like?
The Messiah Strad, I believe. Original save for the set-up, pegs, tailpiece, which came from JB Vuillaume.
Tx Lydia. According to http://www.cello.org/heaven/hill/messiah/messiah.htm, both Vuillaume and the Hills replaced the bass bar, whereas Vuillaume also modified the neck angle (and by the apparent length of it, perhaps replaced the fingerboard too), not to mention that some scientist claim that the wood age determination indicate that it post-date Stradivari’s death (contested conclusion however for obvious reasons). All that to say that it isn’t in its original condition, but perhaps as close as it gets to original as Stradivari are concerned I suppose.
There's a Strad viola in original baroque condition, original nailed on neck.
"What would they sound like?"
this is the viola that Lyndon is referring to: https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/property/?ID=41401
Quite possibly a Strad with all its original parts (bass bar, fingerboard, etc.) might be unplayable. There's good reason why these are replaced every couple of hundred years or so...
The Lady Blunt Strad is near-original. Some work done on it by Vuillaume: https://tarisio.com/cozio-archive/cozio-carteggio/the-lady-blunt-stradivarius-violin-cremona-1721/