An update on the inexpensive Chinese white being varnished with the home-made varnish. Here it is yesterday.
And here it is later in the same day.
It's hard to anticipate how photos will appear on others' screens, and I have an old one, but I like the looks of the second one far better.
What's the difference? The light. I've done nothing to the violin in the intervening hours. The first was taken mid-day, under full-spectrum sunlight. The second was taken in the evening, with the sun low in the sky (note the shadows). At that time of day, the sunlight is redder, cutting through more atmosphere, with more of the blue light scattered out of its path.
It's good to remember to be careful evaluating varnish, or colors, based on photos. Just as it's good to remember to be careful evaluating sound from recordings. But at least it's something.