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4 hours ago, Rue said:

I would not want to own the most expensive violin in the world...but I'd love to experience knowing what it was like to be able to afford to buy the most expensive violin in the world.

...just sayin'

Really... not interested in either of those. Also I don't find this violin attractive at all... It seems like it sounds nice but for me it is nothing more than a YouTube publicity stunt for those who know nothing and are intrigued but the mysticism of a violin

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6 hours ago, Rue said:

I would not want to own the most expensive violin in the world...but I'd love to experience knowing what it was like to be able to afford to buy the most expensive violin in the world.

...just sayin'

My first impression of this was that if anyone thinks that this is the most expensive violin in the world, then they don't follow auctions.  :lol:

Personally, I'd like to own the best sounding violin in the world, but with all the obfuscation in this business about what constitutes great sound, how can I be sure that I don't already?  :huh:  :D   ;)

 

1 hour ago, germain said:

Really... not interested in either of those. Also I don't find this violin attractive at all... It seems like it sounds nice but for me it is nothing more than a YouTube publicity stunt for those who know nothing and are intrigued but the mysticism of a violin

Visually, I find the decoration to be an aesthetically underwhelming, uninspired, and uninspiring display of pure glitz.  Acoustically, the violinist sounded wonderful, but, with her skill, she could probably get that result from most decent violins.

IMHO, this instrument is intended for sale to someone to hang on an expensively paneled bulkhead in the saloon of their superyacht.  :rolleyes:

 

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On 4/1/2023 at 7:05 AM, jacobsaunders said:

I had never heard of osmium, and had to look it up in wikipedia Osmium – Wikipedia, so evidently it exists. Quite what difference it makes to a violin is still a riddle to me and I am confident that learned Maestronetters like VdA will be able to explain

 

Osmium being the densest naturally occurring substance on the surface of the earth, it's going to add some weight.  This will be both to the whole violin (something like adding an extra attachment, or using a greater weight of wood), and locally, to those places where you stick it.  The latter would, IMHO, require experiment and analysis to figure out.  I noted that the maker compared the violin's weight to that of a small viola, so I'd expect that the effect of adding the osmium would be to favor or enhance the lower frequencies in its spectrum, over the higher ones.  :)

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According to the osmium wikipedia page Jacob linked earlier, in the "Precautions" section (citations omitted):

"Bulk osmium metal is not very toxic or reactive. Instead, the most important safety concern is the potential for the formation of osmium tetroxide (OsO4), which is both volatile and very poisonous. At room temperature, this reaction is thermodynamically favorable, and its rate depends on the surface area of the metal."

This is a bit like a plot out of an Agatha Christie mystery where a performer gets poisoned under hot stage lights.  Surely a bit of varnish would not be sufficient to passivate the formation of osmium tetroxide?  Am I missing something? 

Does the owner open the violin case outdoors?

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