Warpage between chinrest clamps
Hi folks! I recently noticed that the wood in the area between the chinrest clamp has started warping.
Not sure if its due to the chinrest being too tight but I’ve loosened it and brought it to the luthier from the shop I’ve bought it from.
The luthier says that its nothing serious at this moment and there’s no need for any repairs for now. He also mentioned that it can be due to a number of reasons other than tight chinrest such as the wood may be dried enough and the wood may have warped after years due to pressure from playing and chinrest.
Just want to seek your opinion on whether I should insist on a repair before it becomes worse or should I just leave it as is and monitor for any further degradation given that any such repair would likely be a major undertaking?
This is a 2013 Klaus Clement violin that I’ve owned for about 3 years now.
Here’s a link to the photo: https://vs.co/tjBG3izCH7
Maybe its the photo but I can't tell there's a problem.
I can see that the side of the instrument appears to be collapsing inwards where the chin rest is. I can see why this is concerning for you, and if the same were to happen to my violin, I'd also be very worried about it.
Paul, it can be quite difficult to notice but you will see a slight indentation if you look hard enough at the area between the metal chinrest clamps.
Nasty! For free advice from a whole bunch of luthiers I should go to maestronet.com, although there are some restrictions on new members posting pictures
I think the best solution would be to switch to a Guaneri type chinrest
Nat, I've looked at the photo of your rest. It is what is known as a side-mounted rest, perhaps not as common as they used to be, often now being replaced by the center-mounted variety. As Tony has observed, there is indeed distortion of the rib in the chin-rest area between the upper and lower plates, and this will need to be addressed sometime. I think it is a good idea in your present situation to replace your side-mounted rest with a center-mounted one to avoid further pressure on the damaged rib, until such time when it can be repaired. If nothing else, a center-mounted rest permits more useful variation in where the chin/jaw contacts the rest.
@Trevor - that's very prudent of you but playing without a CR involves a pretty major switch in technique. If I should have a CR malfunction shortly before I'm due to step onto the platform of the Wigmore Hall, I think I'll just take an indisposie.