In pictures: Milanese music makers
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Despite the problems, it is worth it. "Making violins is a beautiful mix of art, mathematics, and a little bit of alchemy," said Ms Streicher, plucking at the words like violin strings. "You don't do it to become rich. You do it because it is a passion. There is no limit to what you can learn. Even at 80 there is something you could do better."

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