Secrets Of The Stradavarius Violin Revealed?

January 23, 2009

Texas (ChattahBox) – A biochemist at Texas A&M University claims to have found the chemical makeup that gives Stradavarius and Guarneri violins sound so distinct.

The secret of these classic violin’s sound has been a closely guarded secrets for years, and Joseph Nagyvary, a biochemist, has long since tried to convince the scientific world that it is because of the chemicals used on the instruments that create the quality of it’s sound.

Working with two other professors at the University, Renald Guillemette and Clifford Spiegelman, Nagyvary burned various wood samples taken from violin manufacturers around the world. He found various chemicals, such as iron salts, and fluorides.

“The presence of these chemicals all points to collaboration between the violin makers and the local drugstore and druggist at the time,” Nagyvary said in his official press release.

“Their probable intent was to treat the wood for preservation purposes. Both Stradivari and Guarneri would have wanted to treat their violins to prevent worms from eating away the wood because worm infestations were very widespread at that time.”


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