My teacher told me that know one really knows whether Stradivari made good sounding violins or not. He says that all the famous instruments have been more or less completely rebuilt: tops (and sometimes backs) regraduated, longer heavier bass bars installed, necks lengthened and the angle changed etc.
He says that we know that he made beautifully proportioned instruments from good wood but that the real credit for how they sound now belongs to the people who rebuilt them.
I was amazed by this- any thoughts?
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