Fungus, Stradivarius and You

This was just way too neat not to pass along.
The latest theory is that Stradivarius’ famed violins got their warm tones because the wood he used had been infected with various types of tree fungus. Modern violin makers and scientists have experimented with infected wood and achieved results that audiences (when tested blind) have preferred to Stradivarius originals.

If you want to test the results for yourself check out the original article–there are recordings of the same piece of music played on an untreated violin and a fungus treated violin.

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