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The magic of the Stradivarius: the most beautiful violins in the world
A great violin maker like Stradivari needs a great teacher. Cue Nicolò Amati (1596–1684), one of the first luthiers to take apprentices from outside his family into his workshop. At least one Antonio Stradivari label, dated 1666, reads, Alumnus Nicolais Amati - student of Nicolò Amati. This violin is known as the Amati Alard, made by Nicolò in 1649.