New research confirms that the unique and captivating sound that comes from Stradivarius violins is because of chemicals used to treat the wood, not necessarily the craftsmanship making the instrument. It was long suspected that renowned violin maker Antonio Stradivari and others used various chemicals on what have become the world’s most famous violins in order to treat the instruments, due to a worm infestation at the time. International researchers recently published their findings about the Stradivarius violins, confirming a 40-year-old theory.
The story you just read is available to read for free because thousands of listeners and readers like you generously support our nonprofit newsroom. Every day, the reporters and producers at The World are hard at work bringing you relevant, fact-based and human-centered news from across the globe. But we can’t do it without you: We need your support to ensure we can continue this work for another year.
Make your gift of $100 or pledge $10 monthly, and we’ll thank you on The World’s podcast in early 2023. And every gift will get us one step closer to our goal.