Binge drinkers and frat boys are not the only ones despairing over US state Maryland’s new ban on grain alcohol: Violin makers who used the liquor to make varnish are also affected.
Silver Spring violin maker Howard Needham tells The Washington Post that nothing works better than Everclear grain alcohol for making the varnishes he uses to repair chipped or broken musical instruments. He’s been hoarding whatever grain alcohol he can get his hands on since the ban took effect last month.
Other violin makers report similar concerns.
Maryland became one of several states to ban sales of alcohol at 190 proof or higher. Leaders at Maryland’s colleges and universities supported the ban, saying students abused grain alcohol as a cheap way to get drunk.
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