Does anyone have any experience with re-graduation of an instrument? I know that it’s not uncommon to find older European violins which have been re-graduated to improve the sound. I’ve heard that ‘way back when violins traveled to America by ship that there could be problems from exposure in instruments which did not have thick tops, and it was assumed that decent instruments would be re-graduated before being sold. I’m wondering if the process is still cost-effective. I know there are some shops which take older instruments and re-graduate and re-varnish them before re-selling . I’m guessing the results depend on the potential of the instrument and the skill of the luthier. I have a few 80-100 year old German violins which have so-so sound and I am intrigued by the prospect of improving them if it can be done for a reasonable price. If you are a maker or technician, or if you know anything about the process, or if you are a player who has had this done, please let us benefit from your knowledge or ideas on this subject. Thanks!
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