History on stradiuarius violins dating in the 1800s
Now Germany's president is following in his footsteps.
To become a cello or upright bass, the tree has to be even older.
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"This one is around 150-years-old," said Kovacs, pointing to it.
"It's a bit of a miracle it's still there, maybe it was covered by other trees or it has unusually long roots." A long history More than 250 kilometers (155 miles) away, in a workshop in the small city of Cremona, where Stradivari lived and worked, master luthier Stefano Conia passes his thumbnail over the rings of a piece of wood. This is going to be a great violin." The 73-year-old should know.