Antonio Stradivari (1644 – 1737) was an Italian maker of violins. His instruments are regarded as amongst the finest stringed instruments ever created, are highly prized, and still played by professionals today.
His violins are revered today because of the uniqueness of their tone, so highly revered in fact that on May 16, 2006, Christie’s auctioned a Stradivarius called “The Hammer” for a record US$3,544,000. It is the most paid at public auction for any musical instrument
However, it was not truly understood how his violins obtained this uniqueness, it was just generally accepted that there was something about the wood or wood glue that set these instruments on an entirely different level than anyone else’s.
Unknown until now, or at least part of the puzzle is finally in place. Dr. Joseph Nagyvary made some bold claims in the 1970’s with his theory but was ridiculed by his collegues. He made it his life’s work over these last 30 years to prove his theory. He finally has.
Read about his story and what he has discovered on ScienceDaily.