The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood

The Brilliance of a Stradivari Violin Might Rest Within Its Wood

By STEPH YIN DEC. 20, 2016

The 1709 Stradivarius violin nicknamed “Marie-Hall Viotti.” Credit Chimei Museum

In the violin-making world, two names reign above all others: Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri.

Both masters lived during the late 17th and early 18th centuries, in a small town in northern Italy called Cremona, and garnered a reputation for making the best stringed instruments in the world. Since then, luthiers have tirelessly tried to imitate Stradivari’s and Guarneri’s craftsmanship, copying their wood choice, geometry and construction methods. But their efforts have met with little success. Read more.