In this link is a discussion between Isaac Stern, and Mr. Beare claiming modern violins (i.e. contemporary makers) will deteriorate in time as the varnish drys out. The recording is dated 1970, but still, I would think, there are some very fine modern violins dated before 1970 that have had more than 25 yrs of ageing. Is there really evidence of this as they claim in this recording? Does this hold today? Have varnishes improved since 1970?
Isaac Stern also insists that the varnish used by Stradivari can NEVER be figured out. With all these scientific studies I've heard about, is it really a mystery any longer?
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