Here’s a shot of a fingerboard after an initial go over with the plane. You can now clearly see all wear caused by the violin player’s fingers! Players who use their instruments a lot eventually create such deep “potholes” in the fingerboard that the ebony needs to be planed smooth again to eliminate any buzzes that may have developed. This instrument is a nice German instrument played by a professional violinist from the lower mainland. I continued to plane the fingerboard to create a perfect surface- but I didn’t take a photo of that.