Grain Alcohol Ban A Concern For Violin Makers

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MARYLAND - Maryland's grain alcohol ban may cause a bigger inconvenience for more than just binge drinkers.

Violin makers often use the liquor to repair chipped or broken musical instruments.

47 ABC reached out to a Silver Spring violin maker, Howard Needham, who says the 190 proof alcohol is the ideal solvent to make the varnish used in instrument repair.

"It will be quite inconvenient and I'll have to keep more of it in inventory so I don't run out," says Needham. "If you run out and you can't get it quickly, it can delay a job."

Needham says he has tried de-natured alcohol and it does not do the same job, so he will now have to cross state lines to get the grain alcohol.

Apparently other violin makers across the state, and other areas with the ban, are experiencing the same problem.


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