Interesting read: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/s...old-and-new-violins-stradivarius-lags.html?hp I'm with the violinist naysayers on this study, which is interesting but misses some things. You can't judge an instrument until you've played in an actual musical situation, and often times the true character does not come out and become apparent until you've spent some time with it. It's taken me weeks if not months to understand any interment I've ever owned, which is why I've flipped so many. I played one of the world's best basses this year in my living room and used the Ferrari in a parking lot analogy myself. That being said, I have no problem with playing a well made new string instrument, which is why my 100 year old bass is about to be replaced by one that is going to be made starting the end of this month!