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Stradivarius secret!
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May 21, 2012 - 6:02 pm
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Another interesting reading about chemicals and wood. Anyone know if the wood is usually treated when making a violin or just dried?

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January 12, 2013 - 2:38 pm
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In trying to read as many old Forum posts as possible (hoping to eventually read them all, ha), I noticed the link given here is no longer working. But I'd read that same article some time back, and it refers to the researcher, Joseph Nagyvary, who is now retired from Texas A&M University (tamu) but still carries on his violin research on his own. 

As far as I know, no one else normally soaks wood in chemicals before building a violin with it.

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January 13, 2013 - 8:49 am
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I have read this and many other similar articles. It all makes sense but I also notice, (having hundreds of violins travel through our shop) that each and every violin is unique. Two violins built the same way with the same equipment don't sound the same.
The part about playing the instruments in all frequencies by a machine or computer makes a heck of a lot of sense on so many levels. When I get a new violin in the shop and play the heck out of it, it gets better and quickly.

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January 13, 2013 - 8:55 am
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your link says post not found. it hates me :(

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