​Violins: Playing on works of art

But it's doubtful a new violin would have caused the same kind of sensation that the Lipinksi Stradivarius did when it was stolen in an armed robbery in Milwaukee last year.

Made in 1715, the Stradivarius (worth $5-6 million) was taken from Frank Almond, concert master for the Milwaukee Symphony.

"The only thing I can compare it to is maybe watching one of your children get kidnapped or something," Almond said.

Police recovered the violin from two suspects in a matter of days.

"What is so great about a Stradivarius?" asked Reynolds.

"Well, you know, to us that's sort of like, 'What's so great about the Mona Lisa? Why can't anybody paint the Mona Lisa anymore?'

Violinist Frank Almond. CBS News

"I spend a lot of time with this, more time with this probably than anyone or anything else in my life -- that's sort of what I do," Almond added. "So it's hard not to get wrapped up in it. I spend a lot of time trying to keep that divide in check."

"Do you talk to it?" asked Reynolds.

"No, I don't go that far!" he laughed.

We don't know if Anne Akiko Meyers talks to her violins, but they certainly speak to her - and to us.

"It's got major kick," she said, "and it's ballsy and it's gutsy and it's dark and it has just a whole range of color that I can explore. And so, it makes me freer as a musician."

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