not sure if you have followed the discussion on "china white" where varnish was discussed, or touched on:). one comment, from a maker if i am not mistaken or misquoting:), is that players are quite particular with varnish on the violins when evaluating them. it almost sounded to me as if the choice of varnish (color, texture, what have you) are players' preference driven.
really?!? since i am much of an outsider, forgive me for being a little surprised by that line of thinking. i have always thought that varnish is an integral part of the individualistic violin making process and plays a significant (may be too strong a word) part in the final sound production (on a well constructed violin as a given). some other comments suggest that a violin without varnish can sound as good?
one advantage of knowing close to nothing, as the case with me, is that you can enjoy the great feeling that everything is credible:) but at the same time, it can be as invariably confusing as it is interesting. not that a thread like this can help clarify everything for me (don't try,,,i am hopeless:), but a discussion on varnish, particularly from players' perspective, can be fun and informative...
from the dealers and makers, stories on players coming in the store on varnish may be even entertaining:)
do players look for antiqued models more or the original varnish look more? etc etc etc
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