Does anyone NOT build Strad? And if not, why? in The Pegbox Posted August 8 · Report reply On 8/3/2018 at 6:12 PM, JacksonMaberry said: I've heard Stanley Ritchie's Stainer played in Auer Hall at IU, and it filled the space well. It's worth noting also that, per Charles Beare, a Stainer led the LSO for decades, meaning it would have been used for many a concertmaster solo and possibly a concerto or two. I would imagine that if it weren't equal to the task, it would have been replaced. Melvin Goldsmith has attested on this forum that one of the best sounding violins he encountered was a Stainer with a fairly low arch. I make Stainer pattern fiddles for baroque players and everyone who has played one has been pleased. I hope to make one in modern setup and see how it fares. I think that there is only so much worth in repeating the wives tales that persist in the community of violin enthusiasts. The proof is in the playing. Not all violins from a single maker are equal in quality, each must be judged on it's merits. I really liked the tone of the Stainer in the last Tarisio auction in London. Has anyone else played it? It was on the same table as the Oddone and the Fagnola, although much nicer in tone.