Is this damage under the chinrest normal?
The violin is new, I noticed the chinrest was resting mostly on the edges and then I took it out the wood is sunk in/compressed:
Pretty much unavoidable for the varnish to get smushed under the chinrest clamps---especially if it's screwed on too tight. If you replace the pads with rubber or soft leather, the marks will be less pronounced, but it's nothing to worry about anyways.
No, if the wood is compressed, as it appears to be, then that damage is certainly not normal. It looks as if the chinrest was tightened up far too much.
Thank you, I’ll tell the seller.
This is totally normal, and I wouldn't get excited about it. The next step is for the chinrest to get embedded into the varnish and when you remove the chinrest some varnish will come off with it. The ONLY way to avoid it is to not use a chinrest. The same thing is happening under the bridge, but you don't see it.
Yup, quite normal. There can be significant structural damage from over-tightening a chinrest, but this is not what I'm seeing in the photos.
It looks like the wood on the edge of the violin has been bruised a little on the top where the feet of your chin rest were. The cork or leather under the feet of your chin rest is going to leave dull marks on your varnish and there's nothing you can do about it. Leather and cork are organic materials and so is varnish, so over a very long time their surfaces can gradually bond together under pressure, and all it takes is a little of that to happen for your varnish to lose its sheen. The striations that you see in the bruises on the top are where the bruising has pressed into the grain of the wood a little. That's my guess looking at your pictures, anyway. I have not seen this kind of bruising occur on any of my violins, but David and Michael have seen enough violins to know what "normal" means. Still, you do want to be thoughtful about how much you're tightening your CR clamps. A metal screw like that can generate a lot of force.
It is less than a month old violin.. I don't think it should be like this already, most probably the setup was wrong.
Damian, personally I would feel reassured if David Burgess says it's normal. If you look up his profile you might agree.
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