Bird Eyes!Antonio Stradivri 1716 "Le Messie" Violin 4/4.Q: Hi is this item an original stradiravius or a copy. Kind regards Bambos Dec-31-08
A: Hi,it is an original stradiravius ,thanks!
WOW. BULLSHIT. I'm calling right here folks.
FIRST OF ALL, THEY'RE SELLING IT ON EBAY. Now, that's not to say that ebay doesn't have some fine, fine violins on it (i'm watching one or two of them, and let's just say that if things go my way I may be selling my latest acquisition and go for an upgrade) BUT if ANYONE has a goddamn real
Antonio "Stradivri" that they want to sell they would be doing it on Sothebys. AND we'd be hearing about it on the goddamn fucking news
. They go for MILLIONS of dollars. MILLIONS AND MILLIONS. Were talking BEING PUT ON EXHIBIT IN THE SMITHSONIAN type violins here.
SECOND OF ALL, THEY'VE GOT THE GODDAMN NAME WRONG. It's Antonio Stradiva
ri, thank you very much.
Now, that's not to say that this particular instrument isn't pretty
, because it is.The thing is, it's too
pretty. Old violins don't look like that. They look used, worn. It's probably a copy, there are lot of them out there and 'Stradivari' is just about the only violin maker most non-string people know about. Which means that if someone's trying to con a beginner like, ahem, ME (not that this would con me, lol) THAT'S THE NAME THEY'D USE.
And I am NOT BUYING that an instrument from 1710whatever would be all shiny and new.
Let's look at a REAL Stradivari for a moment.Image taken from here.
Okay, do you see the wear on the back toward the base and along the spine, it kind of looks like an upsidedown T? That's what happens when a violin is played, nicely, carefully, for centuries
. The wear is caused by the violinists shoulder. As you can see, it is not super shiny like Mr. I'm A Real Stradivari, Really! above.
Also, note the chin rest on both instruments. That is a modern invention that was not used in Stradivari's time. If you look closely you can see wear under the real Stradivari's chin rest that came from the violinist's actual chin. There is no wear at all on the fake one.
You may be thinking perhaps it was restored and revarnished or something. I can tell you no, for one thing, many people believe that Stradivari's secret was in his varnish, if that were removed it would destroy the violin. Second of all, Stradivari used mostly spruce that was probably locally grown, NOT birdseye maple.
Anyways, TLDR, there are a bunch of lyin, cheatin scumbags on ebay.