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New violins sound better than Stradivarius

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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.