Magical Strings West

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Local Violin Dealers

(650) 564-9013

1350 Grant Rd, Suite 13, Mountain View, CA 94040

(650) 336-8993

171 E El Camino Real, Mountain View, CA 94040

(408) 298-8168

609 N 4th St, San Jose, CA 95112

(650) 961-1566

262 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041

Violin Did-You-Knows

  • Playing the violin burns approximately 170 calories per hour. Forget about your workout and start practicing harder!

  • The world record in cycling backwards playing a violin is 60.45 kilometres in 5 hours 8 seconds.

  • The most expensive violin in the world was made by Giuseppe Guarneri in 1741. This extravagant violin was appraised with a value of $18 million.

  • Violin bows typically contain 150 to 200 hairs. They can be made up of a variety of materials including nylon and horse hair.

  • Violin strings were first made of sheep gut (commonly known as catgut), which was stretched, dried, and twisted.

  • The modern violin has been around for roughly 500 years. It was said to have been designed in the 1500’s by Andrea Amati.