One day Angelica and Maurizio had in their hands an old violin that no expert had the courage to appraise. It carried an important maker’s name, but the name was not matched by the typical details needed to confirm that noble origin. So they had an idea: why not use the instruments of scientific analysis to assess and date stringed instruments? Angelica and Maurizio began experimenting and, to general surprise, managed to identify the maker of the violin. This marked the birth of the Startup, “Liutertec”. Thanks to cooperation with the Department of Environmental Biology and Botany of the Sapienza University of Rome, the two founders put together a detailed analysis system, including preliminary investigations, such as UV, infrared, RX and endoscopic testing. X-rays show up woodworm channels and other noteworthy details, making it possible to undertake an accurate evaluation. The sound of an old violin resonates with the years that forged the wood, but to assess the value and date of construction is quite another thing. Thus “Liutertec” adds to the first exams also dendrochronology, the study of tree rings to determine age. This offers certain responses for dating, and “may objectively determine the accreditation of the instrument”. The subjective opinion of experts can thus be confirmed by a sort of “music sheet” that time has etched into the tree. By comparing with hundreds of wood samples from other instruments, it is possible to accurately determine the date of birth of the instrument. The maple core and the dense texture of the fir contain valuable information. So “Liutertec” can lead to a brand new way of assessing and dating musical instruments. Their history becomes a music of inestimable value. Thanks to the innovation dreamed up by Angelica and Maurizio, evaluation and dating of ancient instruments are no longer a taboo.
The story has been written by Elisa Cappai, writer.