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It's true with Strads. With the changes in the way most instruments are built today, it would make sense that it holds true with other instruments as well.

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/05/million-dollar-strads-fall-modern-violins-blind-sound-check?utm_campaign=news_daily_2017-05-10&et_rid=17051784&et_cid=1320126

"The work is terrific," says Christopher Germain, a violinmaker in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and a member of the board of the Violin Society of America, who was not involved in the study. "I think it's really helpful to everybody to cut through the folklore ...........and focus on what we're hearing."
 

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I think the only reason you would spend so much time with a Stradivarius is if you want to play period pieces on such specimens.
This is not the first time an article like this has appeared. For a logical person to own one now, the only reason is a status symbol. However, that may not be all that logical.
 

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Funny the that the study only focused on the listeners perception of the sound. I'd also be interested to know what instrument the player's enjoyed playing. After all, if you are digging your instrument, you'll probably enjoy playing it a lot too.
 
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