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  1. Does anyone know anything about these two makers? I have a violin made by each of them on loan for a couple weeks and I can’t find anything about them other than the page on Terra Nova for the Bykowski. I’m especially interested about info on the Bento as it was made in 1905. According to the label in each violin the Bento was made in Italy and the Bykowski is Polish.
  2. I am continuing my varnish experiments and attached is a picture of my latest attempt using rosin and cooking it for an extended amount of time (many thanks to all the people who shared their experience here on the forum). My previous experience was with amber varnish only and I am quite happy with the color I got now with rosin. I will continue to work on color/cooking time next spring - it is getting a bit cold for me out there. In this sample varnish was applied to UV exposed maple that was treated with sodium nitrite and exposed again to UV overnight. No ground was used in this sample. I am now at the point where I would like to get to a nice final finish (while continuing to test different grounds). I have looked through my books and some links on the forum and it seems that people use different techniques. I have some micromesh (1500 – 12000 I believe) that I plan to use to level the varnish between coats, but I am not sure how best to approach the final steps. Shellac? Wax? Mineral spirit? Anybody willing to share their thoughts/recipe and some tips? Thanks
  3. I seem to recall reading about wiping on and polishing a fingerboard with olive oil as part of setting up. Does anyone do this?
  4. I bought some Varnish cleaner, as it says in the title. I would like to know if anyone has any experience with this specific varnish cleaner, and if it is safe to use on most varnishes? It says "Contains Turpentine". No idea what the other ingredients are. Here is a picture: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hill-Varnish-Hill-Cleaner-Hill-Varnish-Cleaner-Polish-/271463139507?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f3476c8b3 Thank you.
  5. Hi there, a few questions: 1. How do you achieve a perfect fingerboard/violin neck fit? It seems I always struggle with this. So far I've been using scrapers. Is there an easier/better way? I can never seem to get that 100% perfect fit. 2. How do you get rid of scratch marks on a fingerboard? Do you sand it with fine grid sandpaper? 3. What do you use to polish the fingerboards? Thank you. Hopefully someone can answer these, and maybe someone else can learn from it as well.
  6. Hi there, What is the proper polish/cleaning substance to use for cleaning old violins? Many violins that Ive seen has built up rosin, built up dirt, etc. that would never come off without using some sort of liquid. Ive read some people say using linseed oil, others say your own spit. I also know there are a few violin polishes on the market, but from what Ive read people say that should be avoided mostly. What Ive mostly come across is people saying the best polish is the one that you don't use. (Not that that is at all helpful, in such a case as this.) I know to clean the rosin dust off the violin after each practice session, but what I'm specifically referring to here is cleaning an old violin that hasn't been used for a long time. So what do you use to clean such a violin? Also, I'm mostly referring to a violin that has oil varnish, but would like to know what is used on a violin that has spirit varnish as well. Thank You.
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