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Background[edit | edit source]
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 only reason for the Soil's survival of the Great War was due to it falling into the hands of a talented, yet naive young violinist, Hilda Egglebrecht, who was selected to enter Vault 92 as part of Vault-Tec Industries' desire to "preserve musical talent." However, after the experiment conducted in the Vault went awry, the Soil was left locked away in its own perfectly crafted case, designed to maintain the right humidity and temperature to keep the violin in optimum condition. It sat there, untouched, for over 200 years as the Vault around it slowly deteriorated, and mirelurks moved in. Agatha, an elderly violin player and decedent of Egglebrecht, asks the Lone Wanderer to venture into Vault 92 to retrieve the Soil Stradivarius for her.
Characteristics[edit | edit source]
Agatha is, essentially, the rightful heir of the Soil Stradivarius, given that she is directly descended from Hilda, although the instrument can be sold on to other merchants for a small sum. Abraham Washington in Rivet City will buy it from you for 200 caps, 300 with a successful Speech check. The same is true of Ahzrukhal, the ghoul bartender in the Ninth Circle in Underworld.
Location[edit | edit source]
The violin is found in Vault 92's Sound Testing block in a recording studio, which is the southern most room there. It is on a wooden table. To enter, activate the "Studio computer" on the other side of that hallway.
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Notes[edit | edit source]
- Though it no longer serves any purpose, this item is still found in the game files for Fallout: New Vegas.
Bugs[edit | edit source]
- If the Soil Stradivarius is sold to Ahzrukhal and then re-obtained by having Charon kill him, the violin can now be dropped from the inventory and will usually float in mid-air.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
- 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."