A Stradivarius is one of the violins, violas, cellos and other string instrument built by members of Stradivari’s family.
Antonio Stradivari was the inventor of the Stradivarius instruments. He was born in the 17th century in Cremona (Italy). He made his first violin in 1666 on the label Stradivari, and he was the pupil of Nicoló Amati. At first he made the instruments in Amati style. Antonio produced nearly 1,116 instruments of wich 960 were violins. Around 650 of these survive.
The wood used included spruce for the top, willow for internal blocks and linings, and maple for the back, ribs and neck.
A Stradivarius made in the 1680’s, or during Stradivari’s “Long Pattern” period from 1690 to 1700, could be worth hundreds of thousands to several million U.S. dollars at today’s prices.
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Wikipedia Contributors, “Antonio Stradivari – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.” [Online]. Available: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Stradivari. [Accessed: 23-Nov-2015].