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Hello! Three months ago, I bought a violin from a contemporary violin maker in New York. Combine South Texas heat with daily five hour practice sessions and you get sweaty palms! Somehow, in that short time frame, that led to the varnish on the shoulder of my violin break down rather quickly. How can I prevent further damage and will I be able to repair it myself? I would rather not take the violin to the luthier at this time because the pandemic in Texas is quite bad right now...
Deluge! Effect of perspiration on an instrument
Rue posted a topic in The PegboxI came across this very excellent rendition of Bach's Gavotte en Rondeau... If you look at the violin around the 1:30 mark you will notice Mr. Shaham is working very hard indeed! I never quite understood some of the 'wear' due to perspiration before since I've never worked this hard playing a violin in a suit in what I assume is a hot room... So if this is 'normal'...no wonder an instrument's finish suffers and I'm now surprised luthiers don't just polyeurathane everything...