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Ken Amundson ruined what had been a perfectly-good violin in his experiment by dunking it overnight in a barrel of cold saltwater. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

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BENSON -  On a chilly night in Benson, Ken Amundson took a perfectly-good violin, placed it in a leather case, and submerged it outside his home in a barrel of water liberally doused with sea salt.


In the morning he discovered he had ruined the violin, and that he was now in the middle of a debate raging across the Atlantic.

"It was in pieces,'' said Amundson of the violin.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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