The hand-made violin I ordered from overseas (for $10K) arrived safely today. It is beautiful ... but unfortunately upon removing the Chinrest that came along with it, scars were exposed underneath by the feet of the Chinrest on both the top side and the bottom side.
I reported the problem to the Luthier. The answer was:
“Unfortunately such a "scars" will always arise cos' of the corkwood on the feet of the Chinrest and "relative softness" of alcohol based varnishes and natural resins that are used by most violin makers...."
Is this normal for new violins? Any suggestions or recommendations for cure? Your advice is greatly appreciated.
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