I have been away for 2 weeks, which meant no violin playing. Upon returning home and opening my box, i am greeted by a fingerboard with a very small circular hole. I am pretty sure this was not there before.
Could this be a feared case of woodworms?? I cant see accumulation of wooden dust anywhere.
Thanks in advance!
It sounds like a good time to visit your luthier!
But tell him/her in advance so that they can meet you outside!
Aw man, my poor violin...
Ebony is not supposed to be a wood of preference for woodworms. I doubt that is the case.
I have fingerboards with worm holes in them, used and new. Perhaps boring insects do not prefer ebony, but a free meal is a free meal!
Ash is the food of choice
I don't know if this is true, but here it is: http://www.masterhandviolin.com/Blog19.html
They are not like termites. My understanding is that they have 3 phases
Boring insects would not go for top grade Gabon ebony, specially with all that delicious (and non-harmful to them) maple and spruce right there.
On one hand you have been very unlucky. On another hand, the infested part is one of the few removeable in the violin. I would not hesitate of asking a luthier or wood expert to remove the ebony from the fingerboard and ask a luthier to put another one.
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