In the process of trying so many violins, we learned a lot from many different makers. One of the most interesting talks was whether Strads and Del Gesus are anywhere near what they were when they made them? Some makers do not think that Strad would even recognize his instruments if he were here today? If so, then what has made them so much better than everything else? Is it a product of the most talented makers over many years doing such great work on them? And if so, does that explain the major differences between the two makers (did public sentiment, over time, take the two violin makers in different directions?). Or are Strads and del Gesus not really better than the best moderns of today? And not better than a lot of other great violins from great makers of the many generations since?
It would be really nice to hear what some of the great makers on this site have to tell us. And people who have played their share of these instruments.
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