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May 27, 2019 - 8:49 am
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So, I was very careless when rubbing my soloist with the microfiber cloth last night and scratched it. Being the anal person I am about my stuff, I am going to have a luthier look at it. I would love for fiddleshop to fix it but I’m afraid shipping to and from there is cost prohibitive. Is this a major repair job or maybe a 1 hour labor job. Hoping for good news from a local luthier I’ve dealt with and trust. What’s everybody’s opinion.

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You might be able to fix it yourself. Ask Fiddlerman if you can send him a picture and he may be able to advise you. If it is big or deep, you might not want to attempt it yourself, but let him or a local luthier do it. I could not imagine a superficial scratch would be that big of a job. I have fixed scratches on furniture before, and they are usually pretty simple to take care of.

The first scratch I put on my fiddle really upset me. Then, I started to look at it as a first scratch on a new car. %#@! is going to happen. A scratch or nick here or there is going to happen. It shows you are using the instrument. JMHO

Jim

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May 29, 2019 - 11:46 am
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@x Coach - We would do it for free but I understand about shipping.
There are varnish touch up markers that work fantastically for this kind of thing. You just need to use a piece of wood to test and match before actually touching up the violin then you draw over the scratch and rub to even it out with your finger or a cloth. Simple!!!
Is it the new Soloist or the old Soloist. The new one has more of an Amber color and the older one had the honey, yellowish finish. Maybe if you take a picture I can recommend some colors.
https://www.internationalvioli.....up-markers

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May 29, 2019 - 2:30 pm
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I will send a picture, bought it Dec. 2018. Thank you

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Good morning everybody! It’s going to be a hot day here in central Alabama. Fiddlerman helped me get the correct varnish colors ordered this morning so I can touch the scratch up myself. Just another example of their great customer service and caring about us. Have a great day!

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May 30, 2019 - 12:23 pm
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My pleasure Michael.

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