Hello: This is my first post of a thread so I thought I would start off with something probably discussed ad nauseum but with a twist. I submit that other than the possibility of a miniscule number if any original Strads exist that every extant Strad is in fact a mutation of a violin to such a degree that it should not be called a Strad. To take a delicate and subtle creation of a violin meant to play at a lower pitch and with minimal tension gut strings and cut off its head and armour it to suffer the tension of steel strings and the brutal playing, compared to baroque violin technique, that the instrument has had to endure makes it no longer a Strad but an entirely new beast and as such has only value in the name. Consequently, any master violin maker presently making violins should have equal value based purely upon the sound of their instrument. I don't believe that Stradivarius really made the nearly 700 instruments attributed to him and that it behooves those who profit financially to continue a myth that is as vaporous as the market and violininists are willing to accept. Cheers, Randy
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