Not everybody in the 18th century thought Stradivari made great instruments. Some people thought they were a bit heavy and clumpy'

Violin maker Andrew Fairfax explores how violins of the Golden age were constructed.

This video was made to accompany Christie’s ‘Art of Music’ exhibition of Stradivari and Guarneri instruments for private sale, taking place in Shanghai and Hong Kong from 14 October to 29 November.

Art of Music: Violin maker Andrew Fairfax on how a great instrument is created from Christie's on Vimeo.

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