There are lot of factors that go into the sound of a famed Stradivarius violin -- the type of wood, the way it was aged, and some good old-fashioned unicorn magic. Despite years of research and best efforts of scientists and musicians though, some of those factors still remain a mystery. Recently, a Swedish wood researcher may have unlocked one of the lasting secrets of the Stradivarius sound. By treating the wood of an inexpensive violin with two types of fungus
that decay wood in an unexpected way, Professor Francis W. M. R. Schwarze
was able to manipulate the inexpensive violin's sound to be indistinguishable from a Stradivarius.