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[National Geographic] reports that Stradivari lived and used wood from the [Little Ice Age]. The new findings also state that violin wood sounds best from trees with slow growth.
The coldest temperatures fall just around the time all of the original Stradivari instruments were created. Tree growth is slowed with cold weather, and the region has not seen similar conditions since, therefore finding this exact (perfect) wood may be as hard as going back in time.
With all due respect, wood type is definitely not the only thing that made the Stradivarius what it is.
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