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The Soil Stradivarius is a quest item in Fallout 3.
The Soil Stradivarius of 1714 is an antique violin made by Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari of Cremona (1644-1737). A product of Stradivari's golden period, it is considered one of his finest. One of two Stradivari violins named after Belgian industrialist Amédée Soil, this instrument is characterized by its brilliant red varnish and a two-piece maple back with the flames of the grain joined, descending from the edges toward the center.
The Soil survived the Great War thanks to being locked away in Vault 92, carried into the Vault by Hilda Egglebrecht in an atmosphere-controlled violin case designed to maintain temperature and humidity in a way that would maintain the instrument's integrity. Ostensibly designed to preserve musical talent, Vault 92 was in reality a sinister test of subliminal messaging and, like other experiment Vaults, ultimately failed. By 2277 the Vault was a derelict, but the Soil remained intact. The case preserved it, allowing the Lone Wanderer to potentially retrieve it for Agatha, an elderly musician and distant descendant of Hilda.
Players can also elect to sell it elsewhere, to either Abraham Washington at Rivet City for 200 bottle caps (300 with a Speech check) or to Ahzrukhal in the Ninth Circle in Underworld for the same amounts.
Killing the ghoul bartender by buying out Charon's contract will remove the quest flag from the Soil, allowing it to be dropped.
- Vault 92: In the Sound Testing area, in a recording studio, southernmost chamber, on top of a table. Access can be gained through the studio computer on the opposite side of the hall.
Behind the scenes
- Like many other items, the Soil can be found in the game files for Fallout: New Vegas.
- The Lone Wanderer: "What do you know about the Soil Stradivarius?"
Agatha: "Not too much I'm afraid. It was fabricated way back in 1714 by a famous Italian craftsman named Antonio Stradivari. He had made a bunch of Stradivarius violins actually, and each one was individually named over time to identify them. They are regarded as the most outstanding instruments ever made... and no two sound alike they say. Incredible. Since the bombs fell laying waste to most of the world, it may be safe to say that this could be the last surviving violin of its kind."