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Want a ‘Recession-Proof’ Investment? Buy a Stradivarius

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Economic downturn? Not for elite violins.
12:22PM
December
6, 2013

A recent report claims rare violins have weathered the economic downturn better than other types of investments.

‘Stradivarius Museum’ Opens in Italy

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Once the home of the world's finest stringed instrument makers, Cremona is now home to the Museum of the Violin.
10:00AM
November 8, 2013

Stringed instruments get their own “hall of fame” in the world capital of violin making, Cremona, Italy.

Musical Instruments May Soon Need Their Own Passport

6:00AM
March
15, 2013

Maybe qualifying for a cello passport, for instance, would require them to carry a special harness designed to attach to the aircraft seat. If you can buy a special harness to strap your pet into a car, why not your Strad?

Cremona, Italy: Now a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site

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Panorama of Cremona
2:50PM
December 28, 2012

Cremona, Italy is a preeminent center for manufacturing musical instruments and was recently named a cultural heritage site by a United Nations agency.

Strad dealer sounds sour note

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Bremen bankers duped by violin dealer
8:23AM
May
15, 2012

One of the world’s most successful dealers of Stradivari violins finds himself in the middle of a firestorm. 

Chicago Symphony Breaks 20-Year Russian Silence

6:00AM
April
23, 2012

Who buys the most recordings?; The best-known violinist you may not know; Chicago Orchestra breaks 20-year silence in Russia

Do You Want Mushrooms with That?

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Antonio Stradivari violin - 1693
6:00AM
December
15, 2011

Scientists try to replicate Strad sound by rubbing violin with fungus;

Netherlands Orchestra Tops Charts With Protest Song

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Metropole Orkest
9:10AM
November
29, 2011

Metropole Orchestra fights possible extinction; Millionaire’s will sparks orchestra battle

Louisville Orchestra Musicians Reject Per-Service Demand

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Louisville Orchestra may go from High Performance to No Performance
8:30AM
July
14, 2011

Louisville Orchestra Musicians Reject Per-Service Demand, The Czech Government fears Seizure of Loaned Strads and Lovers of the Lo-Fi…there are more of them than you’d think.

“Lady Blunt” Stradivarius Auctioned For Japanese Disaster Relief

Lady Blunt
The "Lady Blunt" Stradivarius was auctioned off in London for a record $16 million.
8:29AM
June
22, 2011

“Lady Blunt” Stradivarius goes for record amount for Japanese disaster relief, Who are your Top Ten composers? Viennese artists inspired by great composers on display for 150th anniversary of National Gallery of Victoria (Australia)