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  1. Further commentary on the "is it made in England?" question..... I scanned the statement relating to its origins from the Certificate of Authenticity provided when I bought the instrument. It would be a breach of UK laws if these statements were subsequently found to be inaccurate, so I believe I can trust them.
  2. I have to say that it does feel very much like the problem is a localised lack of adhesion - and my hot sweaty hands are making matters worse
  3. England is in Europe It is not in the European Union. Europe is a continent, and the European Union is a supra-national political construct
  4. Before Before buying the instrument I spent a great deal of time discussing a number of issues with the owner of the business, Justin. I actually contacted him to berate him for claiming the instruments were made in the UK when clearly they couldn't have been. But he explained their process (a copy router for roughs and then hand finished), their in house luthier who is a graduate of the Newark School, and various other things. His main concern seemed to be around claiming the instrument was handmade when a powertool had been used, even though the power tool is not CNC and was guided by hand. That's a discussion I'm definitely not getting into here, BTW. This was a very long conversation over email and he left me in no doubt that he was a man at pains to tell the truth. He is very much aware of the criticisms levelled at makers such as his including the "it can't possibly be made in England for that price" one. Most of his business is selling to retailers and he has a good relationship with them. In short, he convinced me. He agreed his website doesn't necessarily do a great job of telling his story but so far, he hasn't changed it since our discussions.
  5. Joe and David You both make perfect sense - many thanks indeed for your considered opinions. I will take your advice and leave it for a period of time and then figure out how/if to touch it up
  6. I know it was made in England.
  7. Thanks for the replies. In answer to the questions: this does appear to be the only area affect - the ribs are not showing any sign of this happening at all. The varnish is a little sticky if I press it with a fingernail. Being English, my diet is not heavy in either spaghetti or olive oil, but neither is it devoid of either. I eat pasta once or twice a week. My hands are not especially oily, though they do sweat when I'm warm. I do get that many instruments display signs of wear - I just kind of expected the instrument to be more than a few months old when this happened. Thanks for your answers.
  8. I have a contemporary violin made by the Wessex Violin Company in England. Actually, I'm on to my third one. All have displayed the same problem which is that after a little while (a few months) the (oil) varnish at the base of the neck where it joins to the body starts to flake off. The first time it happened, I assumed it was a manufacturing defect and got in touch with them and they (without hesitation) agreed to change it. The second instrument went the same way, and so again they agreed to replace. They have been very understanding and accommodating and taken responsibility for the issue. Now the third instrument is quite special to me - it's a better instrument than the first two and to my ears sounds very good and it plays really nicely. However, it has started to go the same way (although nowhere near as bad as the image attached which is of the first instrument). Now, I did a bit of research at this point and discovered that the problem could well be me - or at least my sweaty hands. I am quite careful to clean the instrument after I've finished with it, but I discovered that corrosive perspiration is a thing and having gone through three instruments from a luthier that has a good reputation I have to assume that there's more to this than bad varnishing. So the point of this post is to ask the experts for options. I read somewhere that sometimes, a coat of shellac can be applied? I am also lead to believe that some instruments have clear contact paper fitted ( to protect against this. What are the options? Thanks in advance