(or "Strad") is a stringed instrument
built members by the Stradivari family, especially by Antonio Stradivari
The playable instruments are highly prized by world-class musicians, and others who can afford them. Their individual qualities are considered worth distinguishing, and a Strad is often identified by the name of someone (often a famous musician) who formerly owned it, or regularly performed on it.
The world's largest collection of Stradivarius instruments is owned by the King of Spain, and displayed at the Royal Palace of Madrid.
Named Strads and their Namesakes
- Davidov - Austrian general