Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions


  1. Vox

    Vox8 months 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. jonpjonp palma

    jonpjonp palma15 days ago

    Vox we had this strad violin and it is for sale

  3. Luigi Pati

    Luigi Pati3 months ago

    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, 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.

  4. nancy143

    nancy1434 months ago

    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.

  5. nancy143

    nancy1434 months ago

    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.

  6. Julia J

    Julia J4 months ago

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

  7. William Flores

    William FloresHour ago

    The strads literally sound the same

  8. MrsLadyPerez

    MrsLadyPerez20 hours ago

    The Stradivarius is to Violinists As the Yamaha is to Pianists

  9. Hubert M

    Hubert MDay ago

    When a piece of old wood wood is worth more than your existence

  10. Alic.e

    Alic.eDay ago

    Ling Ling is a Stradivarius

  11. S H Ë P

    S H Ë P4 days ago

    *_buffet crampon has joined the chat_*

  12. katanakeith

    katanakeith4 days ago

    A painter was asked ,"do you expect me to pay so much for your painting"? He exclaimed, no, for the knowledge and skill that created it"!

  13. Victoria Goodwin

    Victoria Goodwin5 days ago

    "Silvery tone," yep! (I get to go hear one today, woot!

  14. Fancy Pelican

    Fancy Pelican7 days ago

    I think you mean 20,000 simoleons

  15. ElricWilliam

    ElricWilliam8 days ago

    A good sword does not make a good swordsman, A good violin does not make a good violinist. These are skills that are based on the person's skills. This does not mean that a violinist wouldn't benefit from having a good violin, trust me, even a 100 dollar violin would sound good in a violinist hands, it's more so how the tool is used

  16. Angela Hu

    Angela Hu8 days ago

    omg, you are making me so heartbroken right now. Yo Yo Ma came to my school before😭😭😭 and I want to meet him.

  17. OrchidTheLil Sakura

    OrchidTheLil Sakura9 days ago

    I enjoyed that pagini caprice 24 more than what the blue shirt lady was saying

  18. yokehuatgoh

    yokehuatgoh10 days ago

    ok, but is it as old as Ling Ling?

  19. Bradli

    Bradli11 days ago

    Larry used Stradivarius to play pop goes the weasel to help Curly win over Killer Kilduf lol

  20. Threndor

    Threndor11 days ago

    This is slavery to an object. There are more important things in life.

  21. Michael R

    Michael R11 days ago

    why can't americans try to pronounce foreign words correct. Aren' t they interested in other languages? I guess an old italian violin isn' t supposed to be called strad... The italian word stradivari isn't that difficult to say...

  22. Wendy V

    Wendy V11 days ago

    I wish I could just hold one once and I would be happy

  23. Wendy V

    Wendy V11 days ago

    They are always worth it the beauty of the sound is beauty

  24. Nattanapat Tanatitiyotin

    Nattanapat Tanatitiyotin13 days ago

    I thought the point was that they couldn't make the majority of the instrument that good back in the day... tbh compare it to the modern technologies is a low blow.

  25. Peter M

    Peter M14 days ago

    It’s not uncommon that a competitor maker performs a “study” that concludes the very point he wants to tell his customers.

  26. umbra insidiatori

    umbra insidiatori16 days ago

    anyone else see Ray at the start and get very excited for no reason?

  27. SugarRay2

    SugarRay217 days ago

    Of course a large part of the cost is attributed to the past just like a da vinci they are becoming rarer and famous people have had them!

  28. Juan

    Juan17 days ago

    'Cause they're old. End of story.

  29. The Nameless King

    The Nameless King18 days ago

    4:35 Legend of Zelda reference lol

  30. Alexander D

    Alexander D19 days ago

    It’s like the 1959 Gibson Les Paul of violins

  31. Cameron Cox

    Cameron Cox20 days ago

    Yo my violin says stativarius on it

  32. Lekha Pratap

    Lekha Pratap21 day ago

    Didn’t Paganini play his friend’s beginner violin, when he gave up violin.

  33. katchinked

    katchinked22 days ago

    does anyone know what's that song at 1:34?

  34. Splizify

    Splizify20 days ago

    my same question, im looking through all the comments hahaha

  35. Umar Chishti

    Umar Chishti23 days ago

    So these ppl are like Iphone users... like to pay extra for some added self validation... only that its on a way more crazier scale.

  36. Xzetzplin

    Xzetzplin23 days ago

    Ling Ling can make a better one

  37. RoG GameR

    RoG GameR24 days ago

    I want to buy one seriously. Where can I find one and whom can I contact?

  38. jiao jiao

    jiao jiao24 days ago

    i'll stay with my $100 violin oml

  39. Chris Parayno

    Chris Parayno24 days ago

    Meh, placebo effect. I'll take a carbon fiber piece.

  40. ZeRo_0w

    ZeRo_0w25 days ago

    Placebo effect goes sicko mode

  41. Ramon Miguel

    Ramon Miguel28 days ago

    who esle came here from sherlock?

  42. Protoka

    ProtokaMonth ago

    Because, yea

  43. Isabella Laiton

    Isabella LaitonMonth ago

    Suena 🎼🎸🥁bonito...! 🎶

  44. Cat Lady Lover

    Cat Lady LoverMonth ago

    0:49 RAY CHEN?!😂

  45. Shrivatsan K Chari

    Shrivatsan K ChariMonth ago

    They're status symbols

  46. Tryptamine Odyssey

    Tryptamine OdysseyMonth ago

    Beautiful instruments but definitely or worth $ 4 million

  47. Aiden Macleod

    Aiden MacleodMonth ago

    It's like swaying that peanut butter and syrup sandwiches are the best tasting sandwiches ever and convincing everyone else the same. Pretty soon, EVERYONE believes they are, whether they've tried one or not. I don't particularly like peanut butter and syrup sandwiches, but just used it as an example.

  48. swng

    swngMonth ago

    I hate it when videos are titled "why... x" and then don't answer the question

  49. panicing killjoy

    panicing killjoyMonth ago

    But does it Djent?

  50. BOT Yeeter

    BOT YeeterMonth ago

    They all sound the same to me

  51. cmdmd

    cmdmdMonth ago

    Ladies and gentlemen, the placebo effect at work. Like people that drink fancy wines. Expensive wines are rated as superior because the testers know they are tasting “good” and old wines. Double blind studies have dispelled most myths, including praying.

  52. 0xyg3n

    0xyg3nMonth ago

    There is little more American than calling stradivarii strads.

  53. Num Cung

    Num CungMonth ago

    i dont like sushi

  54. Sean B

    Sean BMonth ago

    Well, If you think about it, a Stradivarius will probably outlive a modern violin twenty-fold, so I guess it’s kind of worth it...

  55. Joseph Tan

    Joseph TanMonth ago

    The taxi driver had probably heard of this by now and has deeply regretted returning an "ordinary" violin.

  56. Elite Royalty

    Elite RoyaltyMonth ago

    My middle school orchestra teacher had a Stradivarius violin and he never EVER let it out of his sight. He'd bring it lunch, to board meetings, even on field trips. When he retired he sold it for 5.6 million dollars and now he lives in a mansion in Wisconsin. Lucky guy

  57. Pickle Slimes

    Pickle Slimes5 days ago

    Elite Royalty wow

  58. Vinxstronomer

    VinxstronomerMonth ago

    What is the piece that is played at 1:22 ?

  59. David  Lucey

    David LuceyMonth ago

    Only as good as the fiddler

  60. David  Lucey

    David LuceyMonth ago

    Name recognition

  61. Tab Ripley

    Tab RipleyMonth ago


  62. Just random people

    Just random peopleMonth ago

    sounds the same with other violins.This is stupid

  63. clouds5

    clouds5Month ago

    I keep thinking they talk about Stratocaster guitars :D "strats"

  64. Aiden Macleod

    Aiden MacleodMonth ago

    STRADS, not Strats. Also, it's Strats, with a capital S not strats, with a lower case one.

  65. Maverick44

    Maverick44Month ago

    Are they worth it? Depends on how you look at it. People are willing to pay absurd amount of money for it so from that perspective they are absolutely worth it. If all you care about is sound and quality though, It seems like much cheaper modern instruments can actually out do them.

  66. Cody Clark

    Cody ClarkMonth ago

    It's worth millions for the same reason a surviving Ferrari 250 GTO from the early 1960's can fetch 70 million dollars these days. It's a part of history. It's also all about the rarity, quality, exclusivity, and pedegree. A brand new Mustang is faster, cheaper, more economical, and (on paper), better than the classic Ferrari in every single way...... BUT..... It's not one of the few hand built Ferrari GTO's left in existance. I know which of the two I'd rather own. Same goes for the violins.

  67. The Addict Of Gaming

    The Addict Of GamingMonth ago

    What about the stradicaster?

  68. takeitindballs

    takeitindballsMonth ago

    The reason why violins are valued at such ridiculously high prices is that when the rich have too much money and nothing to spend it on they create new ways to not only get even more money (investment) but also materialize their virtual wealth. Consider that currency is pure fiction created by governments to further enrich the rich. And, you might ask, why not just buy more diamonds? Well, like any wise investor you want to make sure that your eggs are not all in one basket. Therefore, you invest in yes diamonds, and paintings, horses, cars, antiques, wines and other crap that, when you get down to it, is not worth more than the materials and some labor. And, the Stradivarius violins are some of the top pieces of matter that are used to inflate value and store wealth. Soon the rich will have so much money that they'll start buying your right to live and breathe.

  69. Clyde Bigsby

    Clyde BigsbyMonth ago

    I'd get a 50s gibson

  70. Jim Toon

    Jim ToonMonth ago

    I think you forgot one thing: Like the difference between a Squier and a Fender Stratocaster, strads feel better to play

  71. Geoff Smith

    Geoff SmithMonth ago

    The person from the Lincoln Center's description was incredibly unhelpful.

  72. Matteo Lorandi

    Matteo LorandiMonth ago

    I live in cremona and it’s quite strange to see this video, because I’ve seen these violins quite many times😨

  73. Tristan Gruet

    Tristan GruetMonth ago

    This video doesn't answer to anything, especially its own title question.

  74. funkk

    funkkMonth ago

    This was disapointing.

  75. Cringe Cookies

    Cringe CookiesMonth ago

    My step dad's friend owned a Stradivarius at one point and gave it away without even knowing what it was. B o i as a passionate violinist I would kill for one.

  76. crucci

    crucciMonth ago

    "Strad" sounds so pretentious

  77. hahahaha

    hahahahaMonth ago

    Only strads I know of is the strats played by Jimi Hendrix

  78. FocusFanatic

    FocusFanaticMonth ago

    I always knew it was all bollocks. New is always better than old.

  79. just a lonely BONE

    just a lonely BONEMonth ago


  80. Tom Walter

    Tom WalterMonth ago

    Why would you leave a $4million violin in a taxi by accident anyway!? It would be on my mind all the time.

  81. Vanella Icecream

    Vanella IcecreamMonth ago

    It's not all about how it sounds to listener but to the musician, it enjoy playing their instrument.

  82. Ki Rex

    Ki RexMonth ago

    That violin is just one of the ways for criminals to launder money in the name of art and patronage. Wake up people and don't buy these bull***t anymore.

  83. BakenBaconGaming

    BakenBaconGamingMonth ago

    You say “Strad” I hear “strat” as in “Stratocaster”

  84. nadda

    naddaMonth ago

    I thought Stradivarius was a store... the ignorance damnn

  85. Mains Blanches

    Mains BlanchesMonth ago

    Longivity, that's the most important aspect!!...if an instrument can last 300 years, and still sound good, it's worth it for sure!!...

  86. Bowsette Is Life

    Bowsette Is LifeMonth ago


  87. TBH

    TBHMonth ago

    The original strat scheme

  88. Poet

    PoetMonth ago

    Strats are better than Strads

  89. Narwaro

    NarwaroMonth ago

    They do not sound better than modern ones that can be tuned way clearer. They were just made out of very dense wood and for hundreds of years musician’s ears were taught that Stradivaris are the best. This is where that comes from. They are nice violins for sure but there are better contemporary ones. They might be worth it as an investment or exhibition piece but not really as a musical instrument.

  90. Felipe Artista

    Felipe ArtistaMonth ago

    When I had a beginner's practice violin, the difference was clear. After I got a better violin, the differences were subtle, too subtle for most people to detect. The value of a Strad is not in the quality of the sound, but rather it's historical and artistic value.

  91. Zian

    ZianMonth ago

    now play megalovania

  92. nyaki

    nyakiMonth ago

    doesn't matter if the violin is good, what matters is if you know how to play it properly

  93. Jacob H

    Jacob HMonth ago

    Violins have integrals on them? Neat.

  94. Rezky Alif

    Rezky AlifMonth ago

    silvery tone.. how the hell does that sound like

  95. Thành nguyễn Đức

    Thành nguyễn ĐứcMonth ago

    a rip off

  96. MaryKate F

    MaryKate FMonth ago

    Although I have not read the paper cited in this video, the fact one of the authors is a violin maker himself does seem like a form of bias that could be influencing the paper. But, like I said, I'd have to read it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

  97. NeoAnthony

    NeoAnthonyMonth ago

    " A Link to the Past " Hyaaa

  98. xgravegame

    xgravegameMonth ago

    here is a trick buy vr buy violin vr game buy stradivariu's violin sound dlc play violin in vr spent only 800$ instead of 1m $ thank me later

  99. GrumpyCatKing

    GrumpyCatKingMonth ago

    He’ll never take a taxi ever again, period!

  100. Zsombor Sándor

    Zsombor SándorMonth ago

    So... Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions ???? :))) 5 min wasted time. :P thanks Wox.

  101. hannah

    hannahMonth ago

    any viola players here..? no? okay bye xox

  102. Rex

    RexMonth ago

    You can not hear the difference between the violins because of MReporter audio compression.

  103. Sonikklex Denkihana

    Sonikklex DenkihanaMonth ago

    Which piece is she playing at 1:34?

  104. Hans Josef

    Hans JosefMonth ago

    "Why Stradivarius violins are worth millions". There is basically no answer in this video. Answers like "because it is so old" is not an answer. There exist thousands of old instruments and a lot of them are not worth much. Musicians who say, that strads are the best and better than modern instruments, are just deaf. modern violin making is much better then in the past. The real reason why strads cost that much is, because strad was after amati the big violin maker of its time. he changed the way of making and introduced a new violin, that sounds more harsh and has more power than the amati instruments. also he has not made 1100 instruments. no document gives us this number. also he has not made most of his instruments. the only instruments he made, were his early instruments, after that, he had a lot of violinmakers and his sons who were making all of his violins for him. after his death there were over 90 unvarnished instruments haning on the roof of his workshop. he was not a violinmaker who was hiding inside his workshop and keeping his stuff for himself. he had an incredibly big company that was worldwide well known. Also strads doesnt sound "special" and there is no "secret". dumb people came up with this and dumb people still believe in this. the only thing that is really interesting, is his way of varnish making. but also this is not that difficult. violin maker used the same pigments as other used for colouring clothes. most maker even took out the red colour of the clothes for their varnish.

  105. Ethan Lewandowski

    Ethan Lewandowski2 months ago

    To me its worth it.p

  106. Uzair Latif

    Uzair Latif2 months ago

    Why a Gucci reproduction of a decades/century old shoe that can be bought for 20$ or custom built for 40$, worth 500$? People pay for whatever they want to pay to satisfy an internal story or narrative they have inside their heads.

  107. Piaist

    Piaist2 months ago

    Moja devojka svira violinu bolje od svih vas zajedno picka vam materina!

  108. Big Pile of Garbage

    Big Pile of Garbage2 months ago

    Guitars are still better😉