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Violin Cleaning/Polish Question
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NW Atlanta
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September 27, 2012 - 7:49 am
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I was just wondering, as my violin had most of the top varnish removed some years ago, is there something specific I should be using to not only keep it clean but to protect the wood?  I've heard that just some standard wood polish will work and will help keep it from cracking but I wanted to make sure there isn't some other trade secret I don't know about.  Considering its age, my violin is in excellent condition and I'd really like to make sure I'm taking care of it as best possible.


As always, thanks for the advice!

"I know a girl who cries when she practices violin because each note sounds so pure it just cuts into her, and then the melody comes pouring out her eyes. Now, to me, everything else just sounds like a lie."

Conor Oberst
Merritt Island, Fla
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September 27, 2012 - 10:05 am
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My Vi guys recommended GVC premium polish and varnish cleaner for my Vi. safely removes dirt, grime and rosin. hmmm grime and rosin? who the heck gets grime on their violin? ha ha. Maybe the name of my first album - grimey vi!

anyways, dunno about the wood that isnt varnished so wouldnt want to speculate on anything.

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Fort Lauderdale
September 27, 2012 - 1:52 pm
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We sell some good stuff at Fiddlershop but I haven't noticed any difference between any of them. Even the least expensive seem to work great.

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Kevin M.
Nicholson, Pa

September 29, 2012 - 1:21 pm
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You're suppose to say that the most expensive one works the best or at least the one with the biggest mark-up. roflol

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September 29, 2012 - 8:57 pm
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Best cleaner/polish I've found, after trying several others is called Kolsteins, but it's not inexpensive (about $23 for 4 oz. each of cleaner & polish).  Cleaned 200 yrs of rosin off one violin when none of the other cleaners could touch it.

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