The Cremonese violin is one of Stradivari's greatest masterpieces made during his "Golden Era". This violin was once owned by the famous violinist Joseph Joashim and later returned to the Italian city of Cremona in 1961. The choice of wood, pattern, arching and varnish used to create the sound of the Cremonese is proof of Stradivari's genius. This violin has inspired some of the greatest luthiers in history and continues to be an inspiration to violin makers today. Scott Cao's 1715 Cremonese is unique in the way it combines the sweetness and grandeur of a good Strad, while having the depth of a fine del Gesu.