Free Press Journal

New violins sound better than Stradivarius


Move over Stradivarius! Despite the lofty reputation of the antique violins crafted by Italian masters, listeners prefer the newer musical instruments, scientists have found. The study adds to the long-running debate over which violins best project sound. Stradivarius violins were made in the 17th and 18th centuries. Today, the instruments often fetch millions of dollars.