Taking the paint off the top of the violin and sometimes even the fingerboard produces a distinctive look. Might even improve the sound I got the idea from a guy at fiddle camp. Various labeled and unlabeled 4/4 fiddles are available for $130 and up (complete outfit); fractional sizes on request. No two are alike.
The dog pictured inside these fiddles is famous
in her own right as the subject of a tune, "Golden Lucy" composed by singer/songwriter
the 2014 International Fingerstyle Guitar
Click the player arrow to hear Helen play Lucy's tune with her students.