Austria Post starts a new attractive series of stamps that is beginning with the first issue, the violin.The versatile and very different uses of the violin in music range from classical orchestral and chamber music to traditional folksongs, big band, dance, jazz and rock music. The essentially unchanged shape of the violin has been in use since around 1540 and originates from upper Italy. Famous Italian violin makers include Andrea and Nicola Amato, Gasparo da Salo and above all the world-famous Antonio Stradivari. Mention should also be made of Jakobus Stainer from Absam, whose instruments were regarded as the best until the end of the 18th century, and the Klotz family from the Upper Bavarian town of Mittenwald. The violins made during this period are today referred to as Baroque violins, and since the 1950s have mainly been used for the performance of \”ancient music\”.