viola

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    June 21, 2014  

    An 18th century viola by Antonio Stradivarius, the famed Italian lute-maker, is up for auction at Sotheby’s starting at $45 million. The old stringed instruments, known as “Strads” are praised for their masterful craftsmanship. But a French researcher who blindfolded top international soloists found the musicians could not tell the difference between a modern violin and the high-priced “Strads.” Hannah Yi reports. Continue reading