Should I be worried about scratches from Fine Tuning Levers?
I was shifting my residence. There were couple of instances when the instrument might have been handled roughly by logistics person while moving with rest of the luggage. The Instrument was inside a hard case. When I opened the case, the bridge had fallen and the fine-tuning levers had scraped the varnish exposing the white wood. (I have attached link to the images describing the present state of the instrument below). I don't have expert Luthiers nearby. Are those scratches something I should be worried about with regards to wood deterioration or should i leave it alone. Is there any minor touch up work I could do on my own like using regular wood varnish? The violin sound has not been affected though.
I don't have an answer for you, but OUCH. I would be pissed.
Bare spots in white are bad thing, my luthiers told me. He has put something black as filling as first aid
on cheaper violins you can use magic marker of the same colour as the varnish, be sure to test it first on a plain piece of wood
you need to get a Wittner tailpiece, with built-in fine-tuner, rather than these horrible metal things that inevitably damage the wood underneath - even without collapsing bridge.
What Lyndon wrote!
The horse has unfortunately escaped the paddock this time, but there will doubtless be other similar occasions when the violin could be at risk. My recommendations to minimize the risk are,
I’d feel gross if I opened my case and saw that!!!!
Was your bridge tilted in the wrong way. More than any other single issue, that could lead to a fallen bridge. Be sure that you understand how the bridge should stand, and how to correct it when it's wrong. This is something that requires constant attention.
Using a colored marker directly on bare wood can cause the wood to absorb color, resulting in a irreversible darker spot.
I wouldn't bother with the revarnishing shenanigans and just scrape the rest of the varnish off. You're already part of the way there...