The Secret of Stradivarius

From 1698-1720 Antonio Stradivari dominated the world of instrument making, producing a series of violins that have yet to be outdone. Rumor had it that Stradivari’s secret was in a specially created secret varnish recipe, but a recent analysis of the composition of the varnish used on the violins has yielded an interesting result. Apparently Stradivari used a very common recipe. For a more in depth look at the musical creations of a 18th century phenomenon, check out the New York Times article here.