Violin makers routinely finish their instruments with a thick coat of varnish, the better to protect and preserve the wood. Now Swiss scientists claim that this varnish also plays a role in the overall sound quality of the instrument.
That Christmas, as my wife presented me with it, I looked down and saw it in the case, and I was very happy to be getting a new guitar case (I really needed one). A few seconds later, I realized that there could be something inside. I was completely surprised and overcome with joy. We could barely afford the 710, but my wife pulled off the perfect scheme. Nineteen years later, that guitar hangs right next to me in my office.