The National Music Museum at the University of South Dakota boasts instruments ranging from gamelans to medieval mandolins. Now the museum has added a 400-year-old Amati Brothers violin. Gary Ellenbolt of NPR has the audio story.
University of South Dakota music professor Euhno Kim was given a chance to play the violin for crowds when the instrument joined the collection. "I don't usually get teary when I hear something," said Andrew Dipper, who restores stringed instruments and has worked to maintain the Amati violin. "But that was quite an extraordinary exhibition of the sound of an instrument that's that old."