Report UV Analysis of Varnish "Systems" in The Pegbox Posted May 4, 2018 On 4/29/2018 at 1:10 PM, David Burgess said: I only recall one like that which has been entered, maybe a couple of decades ago, made by Amnon Weinstein in Israel. It must have made quite an impression for me to remember that I think it might have won a medal, had the judges liked the varnish better. The judges can only pick winners from what has been entered, so if certain kinds of instruments are rarely or never entered, they won't win very often. So it could appear to a casual observer that judges don't care for them, even if that isn't the case. I am a fan of nice spirit varnishes altogether. Many of the 20th century Italians used it, Oddone, Ganola, Bisiach and m any others. The Vettory family has a nice spirit varnish, their violins look really nice. It is more elastic, not as chippy as oil varnish. Spirit varnishes are much harder to apply though, and one needs a good recipe, but it is all just mixing tree resins and shellac.