I really wonder what kind of experiences you have with these old master instruments. These are a few experiences from reading topics and posts from various forums/articles.
1. Strad - After the excite-ness of holding a well-known instruments fade away, you'll feel it's just an ordinary violin.
2. Strad - When I play it it feels like I was playing an electric violin.
3. Strad - You'll have an impression that the G string is tuned an octave above.
4. Del Gesu - I can't hear myself but everybody else is complaining that I'm playing much too loud.
5. Strad - People will dismiss the Strad because of what sound under the ear without knowing it's a Cremonese violin.
6. Strad - It's very quiet under the ear, but people across the hall can hear it clearly despite the noisy environment during breaks.
7. Strad - The first thing that the player noticed (without knowing it's a Strad) is how easy it's to play (my interpretation is, the tone isn't really sounded that excited anyway?).
With mixed opinions like examples above, make me wonder, if it's because of the name of these old masters make you think that you're hearing something extraodinary? Will Cremonese violins has really special sound that one will recognize immediately without being told what it is?
Just seems strange to me. I wonder what's your experiences with these instruments (well particulary, violins).
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