So I have always liked the color of lighter varnishes, and tend to go to instruments that have a lighter varnish over a darker varnish. At the end of the day, it's the sound that sells it for me. However, I prefer a lighter varnish because I feel that they are more welcoming. Where darker varnishes tend to make me feel that they are louder then what I want. However the violins I have played on were due to how they sounded and not how they looked. Still I wonder if anyone else as a preference to darker or lighter varnishes.
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