Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions

Vox
Vox

Violins aren't the only thing where a high price may not translate into quality. Watch our video on why expensive wine is for suckers: http://bit.ly/2wBvje9

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Luigi Pati
Luigi Pati

Vox ,People talk about stuff they do not understand or know anything about. Why is an old and used Ferrari Dino worth more than a new Ferrari? The new Ferrari is even faster, but it is worth less. No one would be dumb enough to trade a Stradivarius with a new Yamaha violin, even though the Yamaha is a perfectly fine instrument. The Stradivari is NOT just about quality, although the quality is guaranteed to be very high, but it is NOT only about quality. The Stradivari is an antique item and a very rare one, made by a luthier that was the best around even then, and who today is legendary. It is a piece of history. But you can find the Yamaha in any good music shop. What would you have, a painting of Van Gogh or the painting of a living painter? An original score by Mozart or one by a living composer? The living composer might be a fantastic musician, but Mozart is a legend, and for very good reasons. Stradivari isn't different, he is a legend today for very good reasons, and it is your fault if you do not know why, go learn your music history, will take you years. Who says that it is only about " quality" ? You mention "quality" because you know nothing better about musical instruments. It is like saying that a colour modern painting is better than a black and white sketch made by Da Vinci just because there's colours in the other painting. It is Stradivari, ignoramuses, not Yamaha, Sony or Panasonic :) if you just want a good violin buy a Yamaha, if you want a very special and legendary violin, buy the Stradivari. And besides, it is a killer investment too.

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nancy143
nancy143

Tech Freak the test participant are professional musician, but they are not the elite violinist would get to play or own a strad. I actually have passed the ABRSM grade 8 piano exam when I was 13 (much like many other Asian kids) and I went on to study the performance diploma, if I made my mind up to be a pianist as my career, I can be called a professional as well. But does it means my ears is as sensitive as Mozart? Can I go to a performance, hear it once and play it out base solely on my hearing? Hell no.

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nancy143
nancy143

Landy Flowers I agree! Also these strads violin are meant to use by the best violinist and the most trained ear, it doesn’t need to appeal to the general public or average professional, since these ppl are not even the violin’s target market. People is willing to pay a ton for fresh ice in say a desert region, while the Eskimos probably won’t be willing to pay a dime. A value of a product is not solely depends on quality alone. And that “double blind”experiment is a bit faulted in design. First of all, if a musician have to play so many pieces on 11 violins, how can the “quality” of each play be exactly the same? And the conclusion the experience draw is that average professional prefer the sound of new violin over old strads, it’s a very clear misinterpretation to use that conclusion to say old strads quality is inferior to the new. A better design for that experiment would be they invite owners /players of the strads to hear the sound of these violins played by a controlled robotic arms, and then ask them to rate the quality of the sound of the violins.

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Julia J
Julia J

That moment when you see a Vox video right under a "Louder With Crowder" video, lmao

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Rehdman6444
Rehdman6444

Jack Jammen: That's a really good idea but, a 52-pound violin would be a bear to play.

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Angelo Cella
Angelo Cella

strads or strats ?

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Vivek Patel
Vivek Patel

My violin is second hand and it works fine

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Adolescent Daydreams
Adolescent Daydreams

time to get a new nickname. strats are not violins, they're guitars. I don't care what came first. I play both, I would call one of those violins overpriced for short

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Johnny Parker
Johnny Parker

Only the player of these magnificent instruments can truly connect to the incredible quality they posses.

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cool drones
cool drones

because they're old

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Blueberry
Blueberry

I don't even play music, but I still watched this.

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Christian Hernandez
Christian Hernandez

Basically only musician hypebeasts rock this violin.... got it.

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I Have No Name
I Have No Name

Did he ever make violas or were they just not around that time yet

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Jshamlay
Jshamlay

Who came here from jack black

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Pee
Pee

N O O N E C A R E S

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Luigi Pati
Luigi Pati

In addition to my previous argument that kills your ignorant one: why an old Ferrari Dino is worth more than a brand spanking new Ferrari, especially considering the new one is even FASTER? why a 1950's Fender Telecaster with rust on, is worth a lot more than a new Fender Telecaster? Why a 1950's Les Paul is worth a lot more than a new Les Paul? Why an old Marshall amp is worth more than a new Marshall amp? I could go on for weeks. And I am comparing an old item vs a new item FROM THE SAME FACTORY, and note that the quality of the new items is NOT lower. So why a Stradivarius violin is worth millions, and new Yamaha violin, a quality instrument, is worth only a tiny fraction? why a 1959 Les Paul is worth a LOT more than a new one? The new one is hardly lower in quality, you still get killer quality with a new one. But why an old and rusty same model from 1959 is worth a lot more? Because old is better than new, or sounds better, or is built better? Why is gold worth a lot more than silver, or platinum more than gold? Well, here's why: you can buy a Yamaha violin anywhere, but you cannot find a Stradivari anywhere. The Stradivari is very rare, and is a legendary item. It is an instrument that carries hundreds of years of history with it, built by a legendary luthier who has not been around anymore for centuries. The Yamaha is just a solid quality instrument for the working musician. The one has nothing to do with the other, except it's two violins. Wow, you are a genius.

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Luigi Pati
Luigi Pati

Vox ,People talk about stuff they do not understand or know anything about. Why is an old and used Ferrari Dino worth more than a new Ferrari? The new Ferrari is even faster, but it is worth less. No one would be dumb enough to trade a Stradivarius with a new Yamaha violin, even though the Yamaha is a perfectly fine instrument. The Stradivari is NOT just about quality, although the quality is guaranteed to be very high, but it is NOT only about quality. The Stradivari is an antique item and a very rare one, made by a luthier that was the best around even then, and who today is legendary. It is a piece of history. But you can find the Yamaha in any good music shop. What would you have, a painting of Van Gogh or the painting of a living painter? An original score by Mozart or one by a living composer? The living composer might be a fantastic musician, but Mozart is a legend, and for very good reasons. Stradivari isn't different, he is a legend today for very good reasons, and it is your fault if you do not know why, go learn your music history, will take you years. Who says that it is only about " quality" ? You mention "quality" because you know nothing better about musical instruments. It is like saying that a colour modern painting is better than a black and white sketch made by Da Vinci just because there's colours in the other painting. It is Da Vinci, ignoramuses. It is Stradivari, not Yamaha, Sony or Panasonic :) if you just want a good violin buy a Yamaha, if you want a very special item and legendary violin, buy the Stradivari. And besides, it is a killer investment too, which the Yamaha is not, you brilliant, worldwide renowned experts ;)

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SkankHunt42
SkankHunt42

marketing

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BlueStorm Games
BlueStorm Games

at my school we have a upright bass named “K” made in the 1930’s

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HeatDev [GD]
HeatDev [GD]

It’s... made out of... wood...

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Héctor Cuevas Ramos
Héctor Cuevas Ramos

Excellent video, Thanks!

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Mariyam Ibrahim
Mariyam Ibrahim

0:28 it's like losing 4million subscribers...

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Persona44
Persona44

It would be neat to play "Stratovarius" on the Stradivarius

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Aidan Lyons
Aidan Lyons

I’m a musician, never heard of one of these lol

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Max Voloshin
Max Voloshin

Some of his guitars still exist too.

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Zicarx TheGreat
Zicarx TheGreat

Imagine if somebody who couldnt play a violin bought a Strad

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Zicarx TheGreat
Zicarx TheGreat

0:49 Ray Chen

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CVerse
CVerse

Orchestra players, where you at?

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Ken Sibal
Ken Sibal

Stradivarius viola anyone?

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MrCorvusC
MrCorvusC

Why everybody still keep confusing worth with cost. They cost millions. Because somebody decided. Their worth is a completely different topic.

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DoomGhoul
DoomGhoul

Its just the money talking

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Joseph Racanelli
Joseph Racanelli

"Even if you're not a musician like me""

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Bo_jelin
Bo_jelin

Sooo... basically these are the iPhones of the violins...?

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Sapa Holliday
Sapa Holliday

It was something to do with the wood as well, I think a study was done of the tree rings.

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Anton Kravets
Anton Kravets

So basically it's fetish

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Giokyo
Giokyo

4 million?? it better teach me to play then .

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Sir Nicholas D
Sir Nicholas D

Snob nonsense. Heard the same notes from a Walmart electric violin 🙄

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suchdoge
suchdoge

when the results of the blind test were revealed....ROFL Snobby classical musicians hahaha

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Gary Kuo
Gary Kuo

Beautiful playing, Michelle!

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John Cena
John Cena

You would have to do this *plays the violin* Im like what u talking about...

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alex63501
alex63501

Excellent Video!

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Ongaku Haze
Ongaku Haze

Because stupid rich people think they’re worth that much

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Walbe 123
Walbe 123

Wow, so you use a violin makers study. Surely you would think he has a vested interest right vox?!?

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Erik Čebokli
Erik Čebokli

You know what is surprising? The ability to tell the difference between a super expensive and less expensive instrument fades in comparison to how an instrument makes you feel. Musicians mostly search for the vibe the instrument gives us with its sound being in a tight 2nd place.

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Pushkar Jain
Pushkar Jain

To me, it still doesn't explain why they are worth millions.

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Tristan Schwartz
Tristan Schwartz

A distant relative of mine had a Stradivarius violin and sold it to buy a house

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John Spiccc
John Spiccc

Rip viola players Also why not just get an electric violin for W A Y cheaper?

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Vincenzo Leopardo
Vincenzo Leopardo

All of the best things in life, are Italian.

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str4yfe
str4yfe

not air

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Lin Zhu
Lin Zhu

Anyone knows the music played at 4:34? Thank you!

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exparzo 305
exparzo 305

Anyone here after hearing Jack Black play on his Sax-A-Boom?

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Chris A.
Chris A.

Is this the violin sleightlymusical uses?

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Madeline Wedig
Madeline Wedig

I had front row seats to one of the New York Philharmonic's shows. It was amazing!

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Mike Lindell
Mike Lindell

I honestly think these are just normal-feeling violins, but people think they “feel better than the regular ones” just because they spent millions of dollars on it, and they don’t want to feel like they got scammed

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Brethren of Yeshua
Brethren of Yeshua

No violin should be over $20,000 and that's still too much for such a small sound difference. A $5,000 violin doesn't sound much different than a 2 million dollar violin.

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DvDwatcher
DvDwatcher

Brethren of Yeshua but the 2 million violin is made by experts. And the $5,000 violin will break much earlier the 2 million. Just think. This type of violin is made *AGES* ago. Perfected every year by people who is making this violin by making small adjustments to increase the overall performance and because of that, the sound will come out much clearer. I don’t know how many months it takes to make a violin that is worth 2 million, but its probably much longer than the $5,000 one.

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Jerrold Morgan
Jerrold Morgan

I'd rather have a 59 Les Paul

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HEDDBANGERZ OFFICIAL
HEDDBANGERZ OFFICIAL

so proud im named after him

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Pranav Kamath
Pranav Kamath

In a very general sense it’s the law of diminishing returns, an instrument costing a 4000 dollars is usually worlds better than one costing 400 but the improvement of a 40,000 dollar instrument over a 4000 dollar one is much much smaller. It works this way for almost anything once you scale the prices; guitars, cars, clothes, etc.

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Christiaan Baron
Christiaan Baron

some gombeen just drove up the prices so he could make a lot of money, they do same thing at norman's "rare" guitars. you can get a kit to assemble your own violin made out of the same wood as a strad for about 300 dollars

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Lars Ambrosia
Lars Ambrosia

Now what about a sax-a-boom? Cuz I hear that they're as rare as a Stradivarius.

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Alex Rivers
Alex Rivers

The most beautiful instrument in the world, both musically and visually

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Faith Jones
Faith Jones

What are they made of?

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Steven Wang
Steven Wang

but... i can tell the differents between old and new violins.

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Sspino
Sspino

There goes my dream

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EdinPlayZ
EdinPlayZ

the problem is that its an instrument. you make music with it. it should be sold at manufacturing price + 40% for the profit. I can (and everybody else) make the violin.

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DvDwatcher
DvDwatcher

The REAL problem is that its not a normal instrument. You and me are just normal people. If you made a violin, even the most talented violinist will not even play with the “instrument” you’ve made. Just like the replier said above me, you can apply that to the violins made in factories and those sound like *crap.*

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Ed Loki
Ed Loki

I dunno.... you can apply that pricing for machine/factory made fiddles. Those sound like crap. For hand-made violins it takes at least a month to make one. Throw in labour costs in there and you're in the $10k range for a hand-made violin.

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Justin Yee
Justin Yee

It's worth it if you can play

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John Gerald
John Gerald

I have Strads but I don't know how to use it.

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El Morto Beats Hip Hop Beats
El Morto Beats Hip Hop Beats

I smell bs! if the strat is so great, just copi it! its just a handmade instrument... use old wood and make a replika.

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Star Hunter
Star Hunter

I imagine part of it is psychological. They believe in the violin, which in turn gives them more confidence and so they think the music is better. A placebo, just without pills/IV's. Personally, I would be so afraid of breaking the damn thing that I would play worse. It would be like breaking a piece of history.

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Shiny Sylveon Girl Pirate
Shiny Sylveon Girl Pirate

I thought philippe said Philippines lol

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nancy143
nancy143

The fact that these violin are meant for the elite violinist or the most trained ears, means it doesn’t need to sound good/superior for the general public, it’s not meant for the general public or average professional to appreciate the difference. The double blind study should in fact invite the owner or play of strads violin to do the study, if these owner also prefer new over strads, then the study can say the hype is irrational.

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ryan ross is my spirit animal
ryan ross is my spirit animal

Strad vs. Strat

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Pedro Patrão
Pedro Patrão

Why is Andy Garcia in this?

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bliglum
bliglum

People just love overpriced stuff..

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Galeo Curvier
Galeo Curvier

In short you like it because, it's rare, expensive and most people are likely to never have one. An instrument is a tool the musician is the soul. A bad musician will sound bad on the most expensive instrument, but a professional can make even some of the cheapest instruments sound tolerable.

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Sam Fosdick
Sam Fosdick

Perhaps you should have mentioned the wood he used was actually submerged in water for years this washing away substances found in the cells of the wood, thus the wood became lighter and more resonant. Modern day treasure hunters have found felled trees submerged in lakes and rivers (especially old growth Maple) to have very similar tonal quality. Thus this lumber fetches literally $1000s. It's amazing that you simply didn't mention the most vital information about the strads. So sad for the younger generation that believes everything they read online. Even more sad that someone like you omits vital facts and pawn yourself off as some factual content product. I'm a modern day luthier working with no power tools and work the wood by hand...but what do I know...I'm not VOX!

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I'm gonna ride Jimin's thighs And park it
I'm gonna ride Jimin's thighs And park it

Rey Chen at 0:50

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Sandy Beaton
Sandy Beaton

Are the the same stings

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Marcelo Irusta
Marcelo Irusta

she rips!!!!!!!!!!

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angely aponte
angely aponte

I wish i could afford one.

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Arachnofondler
Arachnofondler

Two words: placebo effect

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Leonard Wenk
Leonard Wenk

Sartorius?

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Angel Na Eun
Angel Na Eun

Its does have a soul! 😲😲😲

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Lucas Collins
Lucas Collins

And the internet thought the iPhone X was expensive...

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Toigbo
Toigbo

Hypebeast of the music world.

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Morgan Yoite
Morgan Yoite

I guess the beauty in these instruments is that they’re still playable to this day

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Sean
Sean

The reason strads have this tonal quality is because of 2 things. The material they're made out of, and the person who made them. The wood used for the bodies of the strads was taken from trees that grew during the mini ice age that happened from the late 1600's to the mid to late 1700's which is the time period these violins were made. Because of the colder temperatures any trees that grew during this time frame had tighter groupings of rings on the inside of the trunk. So basically the idea is the higher pitch you're stringed instrument, the tighter the rings of the tree need to be. When the sound resonates inside the body those rings in the wood vibrate. And since higher pitch frequencies travel faster, the closer your rings are together the better the resignation from the body will be.

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Suga Free Luna
Suga Free Luna

I play in band. Idk why I’m watching this expensive violin

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hamsterway
hamsterway

One thing that might be an important matter is, that controlling sound that violin and YOU create is HARD. Generally, less stressful violin should not sound too loud or echo too much. This is quite a nut to artisans who builds violin. As the artisan who construct violin from random piece of wood(quality wood is not only expensive but also has a lot of odd against those who want to buy it.) have to pass test, which he or she must hope pieces of woods wont not crack, improperly get bonded, etc. and THEN he or she must hope that survived pieces of wood integrate to form, a violin. THEN now he or she must hope that it do make sound-sounding-sound. THEN now buyer, whoever he/she is, must hope, violin's sound to be generally acceptable, and THEN hope it is reasonable to control. Point of Stradivarius is, that it is built when those annoying chunk of woods were generally the best among human history that we can reasonably consider. At least, very first step, praying for reasonable quality from wood, is out of concern in Stradivarius. Which is very very BIG thing. Else, matter of random sh** Ah ALSO, almost every single Violin now-day is BASED on Stradivarius. It is standard. Whenever we rate violin, Stradivarius is measuring standard.

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Chas Corbet
Chas Corbet

you have quite overlooked the Guernieri del Jesu; and the Amati[s], both of which are copied today as well as the Strads

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SeraphOf YourEnd
SeraphOf YourEnd

Damn. Imagine if the cab driver knew what that was.

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Simon Carlile
Simon Carlile

lol, he'd either be living the good life right now or be in prison forever. Probably the latter, since finding a fence for a $4 million violin is not something a random cab driver is capable of.

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Lazar Sreckovic
Lazar Sreckovic

Better than stupid postmodern paintings

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Julia Paulino
Julia Paulino

They're like the Rolls Royces of the string world

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MrXlemonE
MrXlemonE

all I could hear the entire video is farts anyone else had this problem?

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Sion Paddy
Sion Paddy

Just sounds like a violin love

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GD Duhpowah
GD Duhpowah

Twosetviolin? Anyone? XDDD

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MAVIX
MAVIX

My violin is 1k and I am already jealous and careful lol

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Jiří Čoupek
Jiří Čoupek

Strad? like stradocaster

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Riski Rills
Riski Rills

oh really? instrument have soul

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Riski Rills
Riski Rills

even i doubt that human have soul

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CinCau
CinCau

I miss playing my violin

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Little Cindy
Little Cindy

My violin is worth $1000 😅😅

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Nero Alt
Nero Alt

yo ma ma

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Edgard Wiresner
Edgard Wiresner

We have lots of staphylococcus in my ward.

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Fahrul Tamima
Fahrul Tamima

Stratocaster is the best instrument in the world.

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Ashley Weston
Ashley Weston

The timbre of the Strads is significantly greater than the average, modern day violins. I have a hard time believing that professional musicians had a hard time deciphering which one was which.

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Owen Jones
Owen Jones

Viola's better.

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