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The New York Times quoted geography professor Henri Grissino-Mayer in a story examining what makes the sound from famous old violins so exquisite. The article highlights new research that suggests a mineral bath given to the wood before it was turned into a stringed instrument made a difference in the quality of the sound.

Modern instruments don’t receive the same bath.

“This paper is the first to convince me that some type of mineral infusion into wood might cause superior sound in a musical instrument,” Grissino-Mayer, a tree ring expert, told the New York Times. He was not part of the study.

The Washington Post and Gizmodo also featured Grissino-Mayer in similar articles.