Experts are now suggesting that Europe's mini age age which began in the 14th
century may have affected trees from which the world's most famous violins were
Tree ring specialists from the University of Tennessee and Columbia University
have been studying the affects of Europe's mini ice age on the sound of the
world-famous Stradivarius violin. They believe that long winters and cool
summers led to denser wood that produces the violin's rich sound.
"It just amazed me that no one had thought of this before," said Dr. Henri
Grissino-Mayer of the University of Tennessee. "The relationship between the
violins, the trees that they were made from, the climate that existed when the trees grew and how
it affected wood density to create a superior tonal quality."
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