Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions


  1. Vox

    Vox10 days ago

    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: bit.ly/2wBvje9

  2. Rehdman6444

    Rehdman64446 days ago

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

  3. Bo Kyong Kim

    Bo Kyong Kim6 days ago

    You prefer 'to' something... Not 'over'...

  4. bennemann

    bennemann7 days ago

    @3.141 59 I don't know, maybe because they're worth millions of dollars due to their historical value? That answer is literally at the end of the video...

  5. Ty Cobb

    Ty Cobb7 days ago

    I'm not surprised

  6. 3.141 59

    3.141 597 days ago

    If the blind test showed that most musicians liked the newer violins then why don't you just put the Strads in a chipper-shredder?

  7. Ace_Verco

    Ace_Verco48 minutes ago

    Antonio Stella Bottom Tile

  8. Harris Lidrapranoto

    Harris Lidrapranoto6 hours ago

    i don't hear any different from other violin

  9. Marjel Joshua Taclob

    Marjel Joshua Taclob6 hours ago

    I SAW RAY CHEN !!!!!!!😱😂😱😂😱

  10. Philip Meadows

    Philip Meadows19 hours ago

    So...You have a $4 million item in a case..Why do you not have that thing handcuffed to your arm when you travel?!? I don't get how people leave these in a cab...If it were me, I'd be hugging that thing while exiting the vehicle...Must have been texting... ;-)

  11. Lil Strawberry

    Lil StrawberryDay ago

    Hypebeast violins

  12. Shinichi Otakawa

    Shinichi OtakawaDay ago

    Jules Massenet - Meditation from Thais

  13. Adrian Gomez-Melendez

    Adrian Gomez-MelendezDay ago

    Biggest hypebeast item of all time!

  14. Gila Monster

    Gila MonsterDay ago

    its the hype around it

  15. Stream of Consciousness

    Stream of ConsciousnessDay ago

    People will also pay millions for a soggy used sock that some celebrity has pooped on, I'm not surprised by this.

  16. MICHGO1

    MICHGO1Day ago


  17. Flambé

    FlambéDay ago

    what song does the korean woman play at 1:33

  18. Rebekah Drummond

    Rebekah DrummondDay ago

    But couldn’t a professional violin marker remake the sound of the Stradivarius violins? Just so musicians don’t have to pay millions for a violin and just a couple thousand

  19. Purbinder

    PurbinderDay ago

    1:34 Isn't that the song that played whenever Helga Pataki would profess her undying love for Arnold?

  20. Daniel Doran

    Daniel DoranDay ago

    ‘58, ‘59, and ‘60 Gibson Les Paul “bursts” enjoy a similar notoriety in the electric guitar world.

  21. Angela Bender

    Angela BenderDay ago

    Columbus, Stradivarius, Napoleon: I hate when they change the names of italians who are great and famous men to make them appear international figures Cristofo Colombo Stradivari Napoleone Bonaparte Italian from Corsica These are the actual names and they ought to be written and pronounced accordingly to the Italian original orthography Not to please those who desire to appropriate their historical fame Sorry

  22. Angela Bender

    Angela BenderDay ago

    As usual the best of the best has to be Italian Nobody beats their geniality good taste,sensuality in interpreting reality And they have been on top since Roman times of the Empire

  23. Woody615

    Woody615Day ago

    How much of an influence does the type of strings make to the sound? The strings back then weren't made the same way or with the same material, so how has it changed / influenced the sound?

  24. Vidisha Singhal

    Vidisha Singhal2 days ago

    What is the name of the music piece that’s being played between 1:34 and 1:48?

  25. Vidisha Singhal

    Vidisha Singhal16 hours ago

    Shinichi Otakawa Thanks

  26. Shinichi Otakawa

    Shinichi OtakawaDay ago

    Jules Massenet - Meditation from Thais

  27. Jan Belan

    Jan Belan2 days ago

    "Are they worth 16 mil $?" No.

  28. musicsuxnowadays

    musicsuxnowadays2 days ago

    anjother horrible video by VOX.

  29. The truth will upset you

    The truth will upset you2 days ago

    I know his heart dropped when that cab pulled off

  30. polychronio

    polychronio2 days ago

    Stradivarius is amazing sound!!!

  31. Minnesota Fatz

    Minnesota Fatz2 days ago

    "it has a silvery tone"... smdh that's the type of person to act like they're a fan of modern art.

  32. Toast

    Toast2 days ago

    $16m fiddle

  33. Max Steel

    Max Steel2 days ago

    Like most things it's just hype that's why everyone thinks it's better. People are idiots.

  34. Nate Walkner

    Nate Walkner3 days ago

    pretentious douchebags are willing to pay. period

  35. Angela Roquemore

    Angela Roquemore3 days ago

    What about the Guarani del Jesu violins?

  36. Ariaditya Pramestu

    Ariaditya Pramestu3 days ago

    Shes quite good. She should try to make a living out of it

  37. Gavin Alves

    Gavin Alves3 days ago

    Why are ponzi schemes worth millions? Answer, they are not.

  38. tube you

    tube you3 days ago

    So... the conclusion is that musicians are also badge snobs??

  39. Jay Reilly

    Jay Reilly3 days ago

    They are not worth it financially, they have infinite worth artistically.

  40. Lilly Schmid

    Lilly Schmid3 days ago

    percentage mess canadian parental organization large sue design flower card decade.

  41. Henri Roy

    Henri Roy3 days ago

    0:23 This Is a copy of a Guarneri del Gesu violin. Look at the F holes

  42. Cosnzaid36

    Cosnzaid363 days ago

    -No stradivarius Viola? :(-

  43. Travis Bickle

    Travis Bickle3 days ago

    The "Strad." It's like having a sword made by Hattori Hanzo.

  44. Anthony LiPira

    Anthony LiPira3 days ago

    There are worth millions because they are the ultimate status symbol for elite classical musicians.

  45. Shin Miru

    Shin Miru3 days ago

    How to make good noise violin? 1.get messiah log 2.make messiah log so thick a bit and make it like violin 3.take an spider that can spread webs 4.do a rope web on that violin And booom gotcha xD

  46. Mr Yikes

    Mr Yikes3 days ago

    Ayo vox i would like to see a BTS of u guys when you go and get information and sources and like meeting up with the key figures about the topic of the video such as how did u even get an interview with this lovely lady.

  47. Mr Yikes

    Mr Yikes3 days ago

    Hahaha I laughed at the hand reference.

  48. mrsaka1211

    mrsaka12114 days ago

    At the beginning of 1:34 i swear i thought she was gonna play helga’s theme from hey arnold

  49. not qwery

    not qwery4 days ago

    Heard it from a quest Agatha's Song :)

  50. SiriusGarden

    SiriusGarden4 days ago

    Playing good music is by heart not by the brand name... Even you are holding the most expensive instrument in your hand, it doesn't mean u have the skill to over it. However, I really like the result that nobody can tell at all.... So can I say overall some people playing around the brand name more than playing the music..

  51. TheNerdyBunny

    TheNerdyBunny4 days ago

    It overall depends on the quality of the modern violins they were playing. If they would have played a mass produced violin, the sound quality would have been different and they would have preferred the strads. However, if they were playing violins made by professional string makers that hand craft the violins, then they may prefer the newer ones. It also depends on eh quality of wood for the sound, so if they violins that the Violinists were playing was the same quality of a strad, a difference may be marginal.

  52. imp3r1alx

    imp3r1alx4 days ago

    Funny thing about price or is it worth it or not, question.. is that the buyer is the one confirms it, not the seller

  53. Max Payne

    Max Payne4 days ago

    Yoyomama jokes in coming

  54. Timjami Virtanen

    Timjami Virtanen4 days ago

    You mean stratocaster?

  55. Jade Ramos

    Jade Ramos4 days ago

    very incomplete explanation. :( you've only scratched the surface of the true beauty of a Stradivari. at least in how I look at it. Very good video though. But not very informative enough for me.

  56. CC

    CC4 days ago

    Why can’t they study one of these instruments and what makes them sound better. Like just make it the same shape and size and wood type and it should sound the same?

  57. Brock Shaw

    Brock Shaw4 days ago

    I’d rather have a STRAT

  58. Waldo

    Waldo4 days ago

    That's really impressive that over half the instruments he ever made are still around 300 years later.

  59. T-strike

    T-strike4 days ago

    how can u lose a fukin 4 million dollar object ................... like wtf no sense

  60. solar eclipse

    solar eclipse4 days ago

    I love this narrator you guys need to keep him

  61. Joep Verheijen

    Joep Verheijen4 days ago

    There is not a single person that knows what the original sound of a stradivarius violin sounded like

  62. GamersOnVideos

    GamersOnVideos5 days ago

    how can a violin be worth 16 million there is no way in hell that it costs even more then 10000 dollar to make that thing (honestly.. 200 sounds already too much for me)

  63. joshb77777

    joshb777775 days ago

    Is there a lost secret? Consider this idea which many have written about; much of Europe was gripped by the little ice age between around 1400 and 1800, and that the period of cold weather and long winters peaked between 1645 and 1715. Trees growing during that peak period, the so-called Maunder Minimum, showed the slowest growth rates of the entire last 500 years. What this mini ice age may have created were extremely dense trees. Instruments (especially violins) rely on vibrations for sound; and the more dense the material the clearer sound travels through it. Thus this may be why these violins sound the way they do Surprised vox didn't mention this

  64. Gio 202122

    Gio 2021225 days ago

    What is the best Zelda game? 4:34 Haha get it? Yeah I hate myself too.

  65. Random Uploads.

    Random Uploads.5 days ago

    Bach Stradivarius

  66. Andreas Hälsing

    Andreas Hälsing5 days ago

    Why exactly can't these be massproduced?

  67. Tim Rodriguez

    Tim Rodriguez5 days ago

    The answer to this video starts at 2:22

  68. Roy Batty N6MAA10816

    Roy Batty N6MAA108165 days ago


  69. flakemike

    flakemike5 days ago

    So it's the emperor's new clothes again.

  70. DAnk Kush

    DAnk Kush5 days ago

    I remember reading an article that said that Stradivarius's violins sound better because he floated them down a river to transport them or something and they got moldy.

  71. Colgate is better than Supreme

    Colgate is better than Supreme5 days ago

    Wouldn't the plural be Stradivarii?

  72. Lick Slam

    Lick Slam5 days ago

    Thank you for posting about classical instruments!!!! Trying to spread the amazing-ness of these instruments and music to as many as people as possible! ❤️ you vox!

  73. wupeide

    wupeide5 days ago

    New violins are just as good. It has been proven.

  74. Pablo Ramos

    Pablo Ramos5 days ago

    If you're a violinists you'd hear the difference.

  75. Andrew B

    Andrew B5 days ago

    All the scientific evidence shows experts and amateurs alike prefer the sound of modern quality violins in blind tests

  76. BladeAdicciòn

    BladeAdicciòn5 days ago

    I should name my son Stradivarius because its the name of a beautiful violin. Also cuz he black.

  77. Ben Lerman

    Ben Lerman5 days ago

    zukerman doesn't play a strad

  78. Spite

    Spite6 days ago

    I kept hearing "Strat" and kept thinking either guitar or rush B

  79. Noora نورة

    Noora نورة6 days ago

    Paying this money to charity is much better than paying it to something as trivial as a violin

  80. Daniel Navarro

    Daniel Navarro6 days ago

    this video fails to mention that the wood Stradivari used came from trees that went through abnormal seasons, which resulted in wood with very regular density, rather than the varying density that comes from trees which go through normal seasons. the regular density of the wood results in more faithful reproduction of vibrations, i.e., music.

  81. Ccmusic

    Ccmusic6 days ago

    Really? You're not even going to talk about the mini ice age? Or the legend of the secret location of trees used? Not even going to mention Andrea Amati? The Godfather of the Stradivari tradition? You disappoint me, Vox.

  82. Steve Ashton-Baker

    Steve Ashton-Baker6 days ago

    Total rip off - make your own! Just stretch some rubber bands across an old tissue box, and bob's your uncle.

  83. Kicks

    Kicks6 days ago

    My friend accidentally bought a strad for $100

  84. Dark Soul

    Dark Soul6 days ago

    I'm not a violinist, not even a musician ... but millions for a piece of wood and strings 😵😵 sincerely I think it's just this thing about entering a very fancy café where somebody takes a wrapped cake, unwrap it, put in on a fancy plate and you eat it yelling like a donkey ... oh! So exquis! Wonderful! It's a piece of art! And you pay 1,000 € for something bought at 0.5 € the dozen at macy's... It's all about showing off... musicians' showing off... 👎👎

  85. Bernadette Okoli

    Bernadette Okoli6 days ago

    I guess it was made of fairy wood ;P

  86. fallenSlave

    fallenSlave6 days ago

    An instrument does never has a soul or an imagination. FOOLISH PEOPLE GOD CREATED HUMANS WHO HAVE SOULS ROCKS DONT THREES DONT VIOLINS DONT change your ways according to the God of the Bible Jesus Christ he died for you. That violin does not deserve atention. CHRIST does!

  87. Ya Boi Sebby

    Ya Boi Sebby6 days ago

    Too bad strad trumpets aren't worth this much lol

  88. Tim Gantumur

    Tim Gantumur6 days ago

    Lol what if he dropped it

  89. Tiny Whiny

    Tiny Whiny6 days ago

    They are not worth that much now. Even the cheapest violin sounds just as good because we can make them the same way as the Strat with the same materials and pump out hundreds of them in a tenth of the time.

  90. Alfred Sørensen

    Alfred Sørensen6 days ago

    This war of mine

  91. Casimir de Hauteclocque

    Casimir de Hauteclocque6 days ago

    My question is : how can a violin (or any wooden material) last so long without getting loose and decrease in quality over time ? I mean, 300 years is really a lot.

  92. brian sylvester

    brian sylvester6 days ago

    I would rather have a Barrett 50 sniper rifle

  93. Selina Lee

    Selina Lee6 days ago

    it's the hype

  94. Gustavo Mendez

    Gustavo Mendez6 days ago

    me gusto el video mucha información para mi

  95. saemikneu

    saemikneu6 days ago

    it's "a Stradivari" for gods sake! A similar study was done by famous guitars too. Maybe the reason of the sound is imperfection. It was all made by hand back then.

  96. Dominik

    Dominik6 days ago


  97. Rebelle

    Rebelle6 days ago

    I've always wanted to learn how to play.....And master my Queens song, "Toxic"

  98. unstoppableExodia

    unstoppableExodia6 days ago

    So in other words it's all in the mind and it's all bollocks.

  99. Sven Lima

    Sven Lima6 days ago

    Stradivarius violins are passed on from generation to generation like a challenge cup. Does each holder also engrave his/her name into the body of the violin as they do with challenge cups?

  100. Brendan Mesters

    Brendan Mesters6 days ago

    nice, people are part of instruments' lifes with stradivarius violins, not the other way around haha

  101. Wolkify

    Wolkify6 days ago

    damn, imagine to carry something around that is worth that much! i would be constantly nervous!

  102. Wolfy O'Hare

    Wolfy O'Hare6 days ago

    Very few are in an original condition - most have had 'modernisation' throughout their history - new, longer necks, bass bar strengthened, finger boards removed and lengthened etc. Some remain excellent instruments despite their transition from 'Baroque' violins to modern set-up. However, despite the reputation, some are very quirky and have idiosyncrasies that require talent and technique to master. Its the player that usually matters in the end. Given an expensive violin, I would still sound like a fiddler. not a violinist - but a very nervous fiddler with all that investment money concentrated in that little box of wood and strings.

  103. KaosNoKamisama

    KaosNoKamisama6 days ago

    I think that what's really interesting about stradivariuses isn't any intrinsec mysterious sound, but the very fact that they retain two distinct dimensions of artifacts that time usually separates: the iconic and the functional. On the first, they are emblems, signs of music, of passion for a craft, of dedication to an art, of longing for perfection and of tradition. On the second, they are musical instruments that are played till this day. Many similar objects, once they acquire (or are assigned) a powerful iconic value, they become totally alienated from their function and tend to end up in collections and exhibitions, never to be really used again. Don't get me wrong though, I'm not saying that we should be using a 6000 year old aegyptian blanket to sleep under, or that we should go and sail on historical ships untill they sink or are too dammaged to keep on. I just find stradivariuses an oddity in the context of what we usually do with historically significant things (and I'm pretty shure there must be some stradivariuses in museums instead of musicians' hands... which is fine too).

  104. Notmatt

    Notmatt6 days ago

    They sound the way they do because the voices of the old owners sing through them as a violinist plays

  105. Surya Mohan

    Surya Mohan6 days ago

    so technically worthless

  106. Emma SpAce

    Emma SpAce6 days ago

    i heard it was climactic influence on the trees

  107. fjjkk

    fjjkk6 days ago