Modern violins…

Szeryng said:

I regard violins as living creatures.

it is a real sin to sell them or simply to keep them knowing that they will rarely or never be played. The prices ( of antique violins at auctions) have increased out of all proportions.

What are the problems concerning antique violins? I have talked at lenght with experts. The result is extremely simple. The material seasons and ages. With time wood becomes more venerable…but …ultimately…too old. It does not exactly decay, but certanly not improve, and loses elasticity.

He said…” I most play my modern violins”

With all the due respect, we must not forget that the finest classical violins are at least 250 years old. But almost for sure, all the Stradivaris, Guarneris, Grancinos, Amatis, Ruggeris instruments won’t be playable much longer unless they are completely restored. This then give rise to the problem of whether such an instrument can still be considerated antique and original or whether instead it is the restorer  who has bestowed upon that violin its balanced timbre and sonorousness, rather than the violin maker who made it. Consequently the question arises of whether it is not more pratical.

To resort from the beginning to a new instrument…

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