This interesting investigative story was devised and reported by the Washington Post. World
He made $32 in about 43 minutes. That’s not bad… for a bum. But for a world-famous violin player, playing a violin that cost more than your house:
…an unusual treasure: an 18th-century violin that once belonged to the great Austrian-born virtuoso and composer Fritz Kreisler
Thirty-two bucks for admission of just over 1,000 people, that’s about 3.2 cents per person, for a guy who usually pulls in $100 per seat. Tough crowd.
That’s why I make it a point to tip street musicians and performers, even if they aren’t very good. Hey, at least they’re trying.
And it’s nice to know that if Joshua Bell fell on hard times, he’d do OK working the street corner. Although, he’d probably make more money if he came to Minneapolis. And he’s always welcome to join Jagged Spiral and play some clubs, at least then he’d get free drinks, too.