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Classical Notes: June 22, 2011 Archive

Antonio Stradivarius v. Bach Stradivarius

Posted at 10:54 AM on June 22, 2011 by John Birge (1 Comments)

It's a Stradivarius violin known as the "Lady Blunt," named after Lord Byron's granddaughter who once owned it.
The violin was just sold by the Nippon Music Foundation of Japan.
They're donating the proceeds to tsunami relief.
And it'll provide a lot of relief; the Strad sold for the record price of $16 million.

Now for a little cost comparison: many professional trumpeters play a model called the Bach Stradavarius trumpet. It sells for about $2500 new.

So, for the price of one $16 million Stradivarius violin, you could buy 6400 Bach Stradivarius trumpets. That's enough trumpets to play a new one every day for 17 ½ years!

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