Feb
07
2009

Stradivarious sound secret revealed

Stradivarious secret is in the sauce
Stradivarious secret is in the sauceCourtesy caribb

Stradivarius violins soaked in "secret sauce"

Having obtained minute wood samples from restorers working on Stradivarius and Guarneri instruments, scientists now have verified that the wood was treated with borax, fluorides, chromium and iron salts. Borax is a wood preservative and an insecticide. It makes sense that wood craftsmen would want to protect their creations from being chewed up by worms.

Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus of biochemistry, first theorized in 1976 that chemicals used on the instruments – not merely the wood and the construction – are responsible for the distinctive sound of these violins." Texas A&M University

Joseph Nagyvary, a professor emeritus of biochemistry, along with Renald Guillemette, director of the electron microprobe laboratory, and Clifford Spiegelman, professor of statistics, all Texas A&M faculty members published their research in the current issue of the scientific journal Public Library of Science (PloSONE).

Learn more about Nagyvary's research

Source: "Secrets Of Stradivarius’ Unique Sound Revealed"
Nagyvary's website: Nagyvary Violins

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

mdr's picture
mdr says:

It's pretty amazing that Nagyvary's theory has been proven true. I took the four comparison tests on his website and I thought #2 violin sounded slightly richer, so I'm guessing that was the Stradivarius. But I couldn't find an answer anywhere on the site.

posted on Sat, 02/07/2009 - 11:16pm
fahrrad's picture
fahrrad says:

Dies ist ein gro

posted on Sat, 03/07/2009 - 10:54am

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