Report French violin mislabeled in The Pegbox Posted March 10, 2018 On 09/03/2018 at 4:32 PM, sospiri said: I don't think that craquel is intentional, and I don't like it. It's the only part of the violin I don't like the look of. Did they use less shellac and more gum in that technique to give a better sound than with the mostly shellac method? The op's violin is in very good conditon, would that be a tough varnish? I can see it hasn't been played much. To get some craquel they would have used 25-30% shellac. On this fiddle it probably is a mix of craquel and sweat.