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John,

Just to qualify this, in the 70's I worked in a violin shop and was interested in building so I did a lot of research on the subject.

The finish on a violin is one of the critical elements.

You need to use an oil based varnish made for violins.

The other important element is to try to start with very thin coats and then build it up.

i.e. To "float" the varnish on so it doesn't soak into the wood.

Not sure on where to get it though.

Good Luck,

d ward

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John,

I really think you need to find actual spirit varnish made for violin work, that is if you want any chance of the instrument sounding good.

I believe either Poly or Tru-oil would kill the tone.

Stew-Mac sells some - $27 for 16 oz.

Good Luck,

d ward

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