Only a few hundred Stradivarius violins remain intact today. There are extremely high-level forgeries that even fool museum experts. I don't want to say this is real, but all the evidence I'm seeing says it is. I can hardly believe it, but I think you have an authentic Stradivarius here.
- Fact 1: Antonio Stradivari's 17th- and 18th-century violins are world-famous for their quality of construction and sound.
- Fact 2: Parts of Stradivari's construction process are still a mystery. Theories behind his process include egg white varnish, salvaged cathedral woods, and storage under Venice's canals.
- Fact 3: A violin maker (or luthier) can take up to two months to make a single instrument, and may apply up to 20 coats of varnish.
- Fact 4: Thousands of forgeries and copies claim to be authentic, but only 650 existing instruments were actually made by Antonio Stradivari.
- Fact 5: Bowed string instruments first appeared in Mongolia in the 10th century. The modern violin appeared in Italy in the early 16th century.