The Violinists Vs The Stradivarius

Both NPR and Ed Yong on Not Exactly Rocket Science have recent features on a study revealing violinists couldn’t tell the difference between a Stradivarius and a modern violin. Laurie Niles, one of the study’s participants says the media are misrepresenting the study’s methodology. Two more study participants have also written their own perspectives. The general public, of course, couldn’t tell a 1713 Stradivarius played by Joshua Bell from any other busker on the subway, as the Washington Post proved in 2007.