Yvonne Carts-Powell

Science Behind the Beautiful Sound

In beautiful, Science, technology on November 30, 2011 at 9:17 am

violin photo by duboix

At a radiology meeting this month, researcher Steve Sirr reported using x-ray computed tomography (CT scans) to analyze a Stradivarius violin’s wood density, size, shape, thickness and (spatial) volume. He also scanned more than a hundred other instruments. Armed with that information, he and professional violin makers John Waddle and Steve Rossow used a CNC milling machine and hand-work to reproduce a similar violin.

Apparently the reproductions sound quite good!

Blog post with video:
New Scientist TV: X-ray images help create best Stradivarius rip-offs.

Original press release:
Researchers Use CT to Recreate Stradivarius Violin

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