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I'm hoping to help my ugly duckling become a beautiful swan. This is a cheap student fiddle that was given to me by a friend. I played it for about six months before I upgraded to a little bit better cheap student fiddle. I really like the feel of this one and the way it sounds, but I just can't get past the ugly of it. So I'm giving it a facelift. It's one of those cheap factory violins. The fingerboard was painted black, the tailpiece is plastic, and the scroll had so much varnish on it that it looked plastic. I'm in the process of stripping off the old finish now. I'm going to go with a nice golden color with boxwood tailpiece and tuning pegs. I don't use a chin rest, but I'll probably get one to match anyway, just for the heck of it. Wish me luck!!
Let the bow flow.
I'm going with an oil varnish. I thought about leaving it natural, but I think I'd rather have just a little bit of color. Probably a light golden maybe with a hint of pale amber. If I thought I could find the perfect tan color, I'd probably go with that, but we'll see. I'm really happy with the color of the fingerboard once I got all that black paint off of it. I'm really excited about this project!
Let the bow flow.
Oh good luck. Looks like fun and going to be gorgeous!
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I think I like how that looks with a light stain on it. I most assuredly agree it does stand out. You'd definitely would be picked out in an angry mob of Violinists.
Honestly, it has a warm look to it. It would be a nice addition to a collection.
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