This Old Violin

This man’s made a lot of enemies. Joseph Nagyvary is a Texan chemist who thinks he’s solved the mysteries of the iconic Stradivarius violin. He might go so far as to say that if you can make a birdhouse and brew your own beer, you can make a violin as good as a Strad in your garage. If you have his Secret Formula.

Most violinmakers find the whole notion rather appalling.

I interviewed Nagyvary (pronounced “NOD-juh-VARH-ry”) last week. Click here to hear the podcast. He’s a good storyteller with a Hungarian accent and, sadly, a frozen vocal chord, which he explains at the outset.