Good morning fellow violists. Lately I'm concerned about the varnish of my vioIa.
It was made by german luthier Walter Mahr in 2012. It is a nice handmade instrument that has been in my possesion for almost a year now. It's an imitation of an old antiquated viola, it has some beautiful craquelure that were made on purpose by the luthier itself.
The varnish looks delicate and soft and I have noticed some thin almost straight lines on varnish that are visible in certain lighting. They look like scratces, like if somebody scratched the surface with an ultra thin sharp object.
Also there are some semi circular lines right under the strings between the end of the fingerboard and the bridge - I suspect that while wipping rosin off the viola small particles of rosin dust scratched lightly the varnish. Is this possible?
Relative humidity in my room is usually between 50-70% while outside can be 60-90% as it is quite rainy place and an island. ?emperatures in my room are between 17-22 degrees Celsius in winter, 25-31 degrees Celsius in summer.
I attach few pictures. I will appreciate your comments and advise.
P.S. This is the Ebay ad from which I bought the viola. There are also few pictures of the instrument there.
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