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Fungus and violins! Or how to make a Strad :p
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NoirVelours
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If you have not already found this article I strongly suggest reading it. It's about how fungus can help improve the quality of a violin! I wonder where they are in their research and testing, looks like I will need to dig a bit more to find an update.

http://missbakersbiologyclass......in-making/

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With all the rain we've had recently, I'm surprised there aren't mushrooms and ferns growing in my violin!
But then, maybe my violin is improving and not me!! facepalm

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and to my surprise I still have most of it left!

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great link NV! That was very interesting to say the least. Who would've known that the high density wood, made to be low density by getting eaten by mold would produce a violin like a Strad.

What next? Only technology will tell.

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It adds a whole new dimension to "the wood is alive" lol. I'm more and more amazed everyday at how complex a violin is! Not even talking of playing it. No wonder it's often called the most difficult instrument (true or not).

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That's fascinating, NV. I had heard that the quality of Stradivarius violins was partly due to weather conditions of the time and how they affected the quality of the available wood. The other part, of course, was Stradivari's expertise.

The first thing that came to my mind when reading this article was: is anything done to halt the decomposition process or does it continue? In other words, does the fungus continue to decompose these violins? A $25,000 violin may be somewhat more reasonable than a $1 million violin, but who would want to spend even that much if it will be reduced to a pile of dirt in 10 years.

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As cheap as 25 Grand huh ?    I'm puttin in my order this afternoon. In the meantime, it's supposed to rain today so i'll start my decomposition process then. I wonder how long and how hard it will have to rain to fill it with water?  dunno

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