Last summer I bought an 1850's german flatback in dire need of work. Restoration is just about complete. There has been extensive repair of the top. There is a patch under one bridge foot and almost the entire rim is new. I'd like some input from you all regarding finish options. The sides and back finish are generally intact. Should the whole top get new varnish, or should the patches be finished to match the original? I am visiting the luthier this afternoon and I have some decisions to make. Can't wait to play this bass. It was barely playable when I bought it. As of yesterday there are strings on it and the luthier says it sounds great. Thanks for your thoughts!