Despite the amazing music these instruments created in their lifetime, they aren't anything special.
They were made in the early 18th century as workhorse fiddles — sturdy and plain, and meant as tools. They're not as splendid or highly ornamented as the instruments you would find at a royal court during this time, or the instrument a full-time virtuoso would use. But they still are the vessels of Mozart's legacy.
If only we had a better violin, a better car, a better wardrobe, a better house, a better bike, a better, computer, etc, then we could be truly remarkable. Then we could really make a difference and be significant. Yet Mozart didn't have that, just a simple workhorse fiddle, sturdy and plain. And he changed the world of music with it.
Several years ago we gave John's childhood saxophone to someone in Kenya. This instrument was nothing fancy, just a student version, cheap and meant to help kids learn. But it still plays beautiful music and is being used to help people worship the Lord in Kenya.
It isn't about the instruments, it isn't about the car, the clothes, the home, the sports equipment, the tools. Those things don't make you great it is the work you put into them, the time, the care, the talent you bring.
Some days I feel like I am just a workhorse fiddle. Plain and sturdy, I have use but am nothing to get excited about. I have skills but I am not the best at any of them. I have talents but they are largely undeveloped. Yet in the right hands, in the hands of a Master, I can do amazing things if I just let Him take the lead. I may be insignificant in my own hands but in God's hands I can be used to create and do truly amazing things.
Yet you, LORD, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Is 64:8