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Double-Blind Violin Test: Can You Pick The Strad?

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In the world of violins, the names Stradivari and Guarneri are sacred. For three centuries, violin-makers and scientists have studied the instruments made by these Italian craftsmen. So far no one has figured out what makes their sound different. But a new study now suggests maybe they aren’t so different after all.

OK, here’s a test. Clip one is a musical phrase from Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. Clip two is the same phrase. The same musician plays both. But one is on a Stradivarius violin, the other on a violin made in 1980. See if you can tell the difference.

To take the test- read on!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/01/02/144482863/double-blind-violin-test-can-you-pick-the-strad?sc=fb&cc=fp

Not wishing to sound my own trumpet, I correctly identified the Stradivarius.:) I do listen to period instrument recordings quite a lot, so perhaps my ear is used to the sound of antique instruments.

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