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Hi, This is a topic that might have been discussed before, if so, sorry for that. My question is: Why do most modern violinists prefer to use old violins, such as Stradivari, Guarneri, Guadagnini, Vuillaume, etc for solo performances? It seems every time I do a google search on soloists, almost all of them uses old instruments. To make a short list of some of the players: Anne Akiko Meyers - Owns 2 Stradivarius violins and has a Guarneri on lifetime loan. Joshua Bell - Played a Stradivarius, sold it to buy another strad. Vanessa Mae - Guadagnini (When she's not playing her electric violin) David Garett - Stradivarius, and Guadagnini I believe Andre Rieu - Stradivarius Corina Belcea - Stradivarius Itzhak Perlman - Stradivarius Maxim Vengarov - Stradivarius Julia Fischer - Used to play a Stradivarius, now plays a Guadagnini Sarah Chang - Guarneri Hilary Hahn - Vuillaume This is just to name a few. The list can go on, and if you'd like to add more, just comment below and I will add them to the list. But anyway, I know many people say that these violins have a unique sound and are much better than modern instruments, but I read a while back about that blind test that was done, and that players couldnt tell the difference between old and new violins. Some even preferred the new violins. Here is the link: http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2012/01/02/violinists-cant-tell-the-difference-between-stradivarius-violins-and-new-ones/#.UcmBq3m_yM8 So why do modern soloists still choose the old violins, when they can get a modern violin (Which is apparently the same in sound if well made) for cheaper, and easier? Is it just a "Label" thing? Where the brand of the violin they play give more reputation? Personally, Ive been able to tell the sound apart from a Stradivarius violin compared to a modern violin on some of those online "tests", but that doesnt really mean anything. Also heard Joshua Bell live, and the sound of his violin compared to the orchestra's was a HUGE difference. You could tell the Strad away from a mile. But then again, it was a university orchestra, with violinists who dont have some of the best modern violins. Also, which soloists that you know of, actually use Modern violins? And by who were those made? So to summarize the questions: Why do soloists prefer old instruments, if it was proven in a blind test that there are no difference to well made modern violins, and which soloists uses modern violins? And by who were those made? Thanx for reading.