crack in soundpost?

October 26, 2018, 6:50 PM · I haven't paid much attention to my soundpost before but recently a tiny woodchip fell out of my violin and I looked and there does appear to be a chunk of wood missing from my soundpost. not a lot, but it's still noticeable. is this a big problem and what should I do?

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October 26, 2018, 7:05 PM · There's a tool that luthiers use to set sound posts that leaves a little gash in the center. Watch a YouTube video to see what it looks like and if that's it. If the sound isn't affected, it's probably fine. You can always take it to a luthier for a quick check.
October 26, 2018, 8:16 PM · it's under the gash, and a piece of wood did fall out of my instrument
Edited: October 26, 2018, 8:36 PM · Possibly a small splinter that detached. As long as the post is still standing and the splinter is small this is not an emergency. You might notice a slight loss of openness or volume and if so get a new sound post, which would be optimal. On the other hand, if 1/2 the end of the post is gone, I'd definitely get a new one installed.
October 26, 2018, 9:20 PM · Get it replaced. Also, the origin of splinter might be elsewhere. I hope that you saved it for inspection.
October 27, 2018, 3:14 AM · Photos of both the splinter and the soundpost would be useful...
October 27, 2018, 7:17 PM · how long would it take to have a new sound post put in and would it be very expensive?
October 27, 2018, 8:18 PM · An experienced luthier can do it in a few hours and it should not be too expensive.
October 28, 2018, 11:22 AM · Maybe even faster, if you bring them fresh chocolate chip cookies. ;-)


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