The thought is enough to inspire some festival-goers to stand aside and tip their hat in respect to the musician and musical instrument.
Whether you are a fiddler, a connoisseur of vintage instruments, an heir to an old fiddle or bluegrass fan — fiddles are works of art that carve their own story throughout history.
Biology 103 2003 Third Paper On Serendip There are about seven hundred Stradivarius violins still intact from the 17th century, and they are among the most sought-after instruments in the world (3).
Most, if not all, of the greatest violinists of modern times believe that there is something in the Cremonese violins that provides superior tonal quality to all other violins.
To understand the factors that affect the quality of sound produced by violins, the functioning of the violin must be understood.
First of all, sound is produced by drawing a bow across one or more of the four stretched strings, but the strings themselves produce almost no sound.
In fact, many violins made between the death of Stradivari and the late 1700's, including Italian violins, are copies of Jacob Stainer.Skilled violinists can even distinguish between different qualities in the sound produced by individual Stradivarius violins.The challenge for scientists is to characterize such differences by physical measurements.Violins Bearing a Stradivarius Label Antonio Stradivari was born in 1644, and established his shop in Cremona, Italy, where he remained active until his death in 1737.His interpretation of geometry and design for the violin has served as a conceptual model for violin makers for more than 250 years.As you're dancing a jig at a fall festival or before you climb up in the attic to retrieve a vintage fiddle, you might stop to ask yourself: What is the difference between a fiddle and a violin?