Soundpost push up....

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by InQuiet, Apr 7, 2014.


  1. InQuiet

    InQuiet Supporting Member

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    Greetings,
    My carved top has an issue with a soundpost that was obviously way too tight for several years, along with floppy strings. This created a lifting of the top on the soundpost side of course, that's easy to see. What's the treatment for this condition? Would removing the soundpost, shortening it a little, reinstalling it and then adding pressure from the strings eventually push this back? I can't really think of another approach for remedying this. Could someone with experience with such a scenario chime in on this? I'd appreciate it. I'm losing sleep.

    Thanks!
     

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  2. john m

    john m Supporting Member

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    Don't shorten the sound post. Remove it and reglue the top, then reinstall sound post.

    If this is beyond your ability (it's beyond mine), have a bass shop do it.

    I had Upton Bass fix the top of a 1941 Kay that was starting to cave in where the bridge rested on the top.

    They reinforced it inside the bass---- top notch repair job.
     
  3. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    InQuiet's bass is carved, john. Totally different paradigm.

    Bring it in for pro attention. Last thing you want is a soundpost crack.
     
  4. InQuiet

    InQuiet Supporting Member

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    Thanks, yea the glue thing was confusing me:help:
     
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  6. InQuiet

    InQuiet Supporting Member

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    going thru some old topics , someone had the same problem with an Englehardt I believe, he was told to remove the soundpost for awhile and let the bass readjust ? :eyebrow:
     
  7. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    Plywood is floppy and will return to the shape it was steamed into if it is coaxed with gentle heat and pressure. Re-arching a carved top is significantly more difficult.
     

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