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What makes Stradivarius violins so special? Made by Antonio Stradivari and his family, these instruments are among the most valuable violins in the world, highly regarded by performers and audiences. Take a look at pictures from the Stradivarius exhibition at Oxford's Ashmolean museum, uncovering the beauty of these musical works of art.
He's famous for his violins, but it might surprise you to know Stradivari was also a fine mandolin-maker. This is his incredible eight stringed mandolin, crafted around 1705. It's one of only two Stradivarius mandolins in the world, and resides in the Charles Beare collection.
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