The Archinto viola
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The magic of the Stradivarius: the most beautiful violins in the world
9. The Archinto viola
Paganini is just one of the famous figures who's played a Stradivarius: this 1696 viola belonged to him for a time. Nowadays, they are on loan to a number of famous violinists including Nicola Benedetti, David Garrett and Janine Jansen. Yo-Yo Ma, Julian Lloyd Webber and Steven Isserlis are among the lucky cellists who perform on Strads.