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  1. Reading the book "Violin varnish - notes and article from the workshop of Koen Padding" by Helen Michetschläger, I noticed that the results of chemical analysis of Koen's varnish indicate that "the (resin) proportion is estimated to be under 20%" (p.127), which should correspond to a ratio of 4 : 1, that is a long oil varnish. Given my liking to avoid solvents and thinners in the varnish, I found this very interesting, considering also the high regard that Koen's varnish had gained among violin makers. I have never used nor handled Magister varnishes, and I'd be curious to hear from those who have used them about these results on their composition and their impressions about using them. I would expect a varnish sufficiently fluid, which can be applied without the addition of solvents or thinners, but I am quite concerned by such a high content of oil on the final characteristics of the varnish as toughness, gloss and polishability.