Mildew (?) on top of varnish cleaning

June 10, 2020, 9:56 PM · Hey all, hope you are all well

I have a violin from around 1919 that I just purchased and am soon going to be giving to my luthier for restoration.

There is a sort of muck on top of the varnish toward the middle of the violin, it smells like mildew, so I assume it is mildew lol.

I was wondering if this is the sort of thing a Luthier could fix, and if so, would it be very expensive? Is there any reasonable cleaning method I could do myself (I am no luthier), or is this a matter too delicate to deal with on my own?

Here are some photos:

TIM

TIM

TIM

The slits in the violin are not to worry, they are actually purposeful (it is a TIM violin, he endeavored to reproduce the sound of older violins through reshaping the wood by adding superficial slits to change the woods structure). In spite of the sort of strange slit method, the violins are supposed to have very nice tones.
Anyways,

Thank you all very much for the help, hope you are all well

Replies (2)

June 10, 2020, 10:48 PM · it can be cleaned off but definitely leave it to a qualified luthier
June 10, 2020, 11:32 PM · Alright, Thanks !


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