Splinter on soundpost?

March 20, 2018, 8:59 PM · Hello,
So after I just finished practicing and I was looking at my violin and checking that everything was fine. I adjusted the bridge a little bit and as I was doing so I noticed there was a little splinter on the soundpost. I'm not talking about the little slit in the soundpost but its like a piece of the soundpost almost detached from the rest of the main body. Should I be alarmed?

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Edited: March 20, 2018, 9:26 PM · No reason to be alarmed IMO, but certainly not desirable. I'd get a new Sound Post fitted if it were my instrument. I don't know how experienced at this you are, but moving the bridge around can also have a significant impact on the performance. The feet are carved to perfectly fit a given position. Any other position will likely result in a non perfect contact between the feet of the bridge and the top plate, hence resulting in possible damage to the bridge, and sub optimal transmission of vibrations.
March 20, 2018, 9:36 PM · yeah for the bridge i was just adjusting the bridge to prevent it from leaning. but each time i make sure that the feet are planted correctly.
March 21, 2018, 11:25 AM · By the way, lubricating the bridge string slots with graphite by scribbling a pencil in them will greatly lessen the tendency of the bridge to lean (doing the same at the nut contributes to smooth tuning).

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