The Amber color

Varnish of the bowl!

The tradition requires, the old famous instrument makers, to varnish their instruments with the difficult and time consuming technique of "Gomolaka with mpala" (Shellac application with muneca also called 'rubber').

I asked the luthier, to use this old technique, for my pre-war style bouzouki.
The primary reason for using this kind of finish, is because, the shellac once been applied, dries almost instantly, and when several layers have been applied, is extra lightweight with a beautiful lustre, that allowed all the natural timbre and overtones of the sound woods to vibrate freely, and the rich fullness of sound to be set free.

Giannis sent me today two photos from the beautiful amber color of the old murberry bowl.


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