For anyone who wants to see what a REAL Strad looks like, but never had the chance
..............if you live in, near, or within easy travelling distance of London, the Royal Academy of Music have a vast collection of stringed instruments and that includes some Strads. They are on display in all-glass cases - bullet and sledgehammer proof!! (can't think why that might be
) All of the instruments are played regularly, either by students of the Academy or while on loan to eminent artists, so what is displayed is subject to change without much notice.
The York Gate Collections is situated at the RAM in the Marylebone Road, about 200 metres east of Baker Street Tube Station. The collection is open to public viewing on weekday afternoons 12.30 to 6 pm and at the weekends 12.30 to 5 pm. Entry is FREE!!!