6 out of 10 soloists cannot tell a Strad from a new violinmain
The results are out today from Claudia Fritz’s Paris Experiment and they make bleak reading for the many dealers and auction houses that milk a musical fortune from the sale of old instruments.
Ten international soloists blind-tested six new and six old Italian violins under controlled conditions. More than half of them thought the new ones were old. That blows a big hole in an expensive myth.
Read a summary of the results here.