It's not a disease--it's normal aging. Anything you do to try to "improve" the finish will almost certainly decrease the value. It might hurt the tone. It will probably end up looking as fake as a 93-year old granny with a face lift. A lot of great old violins have been polished and french-polished over the centuries to the point where there's no texture left, and that's just sad. Don't do it!
Originally Posted by (mythicfish @ May 09 2006, 07:22)
If you just want something shiny, I've got a Weber so shiny you could use it for shaving. I'll trade you straight across.
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