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The magic of the Stradivarius: the most beautiful violins in the world
7. The Fountaine
Stradivari developed his style gradually over time, with his earlier violins being slightly smaller than his later models. As well as being smaller in size, his earlier models are often not as highly regarded as his later instruments. This is a 'Violino piccolo' from 1712, meaning it's slightly shorter than a regular sized violin. Measuring 475mm from top to bottom, it's around 100mm shorter than a full sized instrument.