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

Champion.

                                  

Click the player arrow to hear Helen play Lucy's tune with her students.

Want to know more about how long chain polymer molecules in varnish could

dampen sound?  

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