For Strads, did the wear of varnish we see on the back and scroll, caused by the simple act of taking an instrument in and out of a case, take years or decades to manifest?
If this soft Cremonese varnish is emulated by modern makers, why isn't this varnish erosion typical?
Also I've read that the varnish on most Strads are almost completely worn away? Yet I see photos of these instruments looking so shiny! Have they been re-coated for preservation?
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