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Stories by David Biello


Making Beautiful Music: Why the Stradivarius Violin is Worth Millions

The wood, of course. Using x-ray images taken from multiple different angles, radiologist Berend Stoel of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands proved that the spruce and maple wood used in five violins made either by Antonio Stradivari or Giuseppe Guarneri del Gesù—the rival master luthiers of Cremona—had fewer variations in their density than that in seven contemporary violins...

July 5, 2008 — David Biello
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