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Calling Dr. steveduf,b The Tertis Viola Has Arrived
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@steveduf and others.  Amazon chose to ship my Tertis viola in the same box with five quarts of motor oil.  Amazing.  And no damage other than the case humidity sensor is in pieces (small loss indeed, since I never trust them anyway).  But there is a problem, which I am sure is the reason why I got it so cheap.

The varnish was not fully hardened when placed in the case, and there are two obvious bands across the back plate where the case fabric pattern has been embossed into the surface of the varnish.  The finish appears to be an antiqued French polish which is otherwise very attractive.  There is no color difference between the two areas.  Gloss to Matt to gloss.

I can live with the blemish, but it would be neat if I could restore it to its original glory.  My first option would be to use something like semi chrome polish, but the texture may be too much for effective removal.  Sand paper might be too aggressive.  I have never used naphtha on something new that did not need surface cleaning.  

Any suggestions would be welcomed.  BTW it did have a buzz as well, but that was easily fixed by moving the chin rest a fraction away from the tail piece.  This thing sounds beautiful and is a cannon. 

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If it’s a French polish, I would think... it shouldn’t be too bad.

by saying there is no color difference makes it easier.  On the last mosaic there were two issues.  Both were where the fiddle made contact with the case.  There was discoloration and also where the varnish was damaged.  

First I kept working the area with alcohol until the stain dissipated,  I really wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to, but I was lucky.

secondly is what I have done on numerous violins and that is build up the damaged finish.  Kind of a wax on... wax off approach.

i start by French polishing... working more on the area I want built up and feathering out towards the edges.  Once I feel I have built it up some I wet sand with 1000 grit paper, doing the same... working on the main area and feathering towards the edges.   Thus leaving the new finish in the low spots.  I continued until the finish levels off.   On these violins I really worry about buildingup the finish to much.  Actually I feel like I take off three layers and only put back two.  I don’t feel I am compromising the violin. 5C3FE91F-AECC-4833-91BE-8C47BAEDBDCD.jpegImage Enlarger31DA7862-194B-4E03-A28F-1A024E17B977.jpegImage Enlarger

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@AndrewH and others.  My Tertis pattern viola came today.  The bass bar is outboard of the bridge quite a bit (same as my Tertis drawings), but the sound post is put in the location normally found in a viola.  The string wrapping at the tail piece are all dark blue with a gold spiral.  I did not notice wrap colors on the peg box side.  Would you happen to know string maker because I like them?

I have not weighed it but it seems to be very light in hand.  Tone is wonderful and it is very loud.  I can see why you like yours so much.  

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The strings look to be D’Addario Helicore.  

Research is what I’m doing when I don’t know what I’m doing.  —Werner von Braun

Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.         —Frank Zappa

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