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The magic of the Stradivarius: the most beautiful violins in the world
It's estimated that Antonio Stradivari made around 1,000 violins in his lifetime, now affectionately known as 'Strads'. This particular Strad, dating from 1698, takes its name from Baron Johann Knoop, a collector of musical instruments who possessed a total of 29 violins, violas, and cellos at one time or another including four Stradivari violas and eleven violins!