It has long been suspected that the beauty of a Stradivarius violin was skin-deep, with its gleaming lacquer responsible for the instrument’s supreme, bright sound. Not so.
After years of examining fragments of varnish taken from Stradivarius’ instruments, scientists have ruled out any secret ingredient as the key to the superb timbre of his many instruments. They reveal that Antonio Stradivari (1644-1737) applied two simple products in his workshop in northern Italy, oil and pine resin.
Read the full story in the Australian Online.