cracks in front

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by oliebrice, Oct 25, 2003.

  1. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    London, UK
    I'm considering buying a Stentor Conservatoire bass new, and the shop where I'd buy it has one reduced by £100 because theres a small crack from the lower round bit of the f-hole going upwards. They claim that its been repaired, and that the damage is only asthetic and won't affect the sound or strength of the instrument?
    does that sound true? should I steer clear, or is it only a question of looks?
    I don't really know a luthier I can ask to look at it.
  2. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    I'd worry that the crack was due to using unseasoned wood, and that more will develop as the top wood dries out. See what their response is to this concern. Ask them how the crack occured. If it was whacked, I'd be less concerned. If they'll warranty the bass against more of the same, go for it. BTW, where are these made, and is it fully-carved or hybrid?
  3. oliebrice


    Apr 7, 2003
    London, UK
    Its a chinese bass, solid, all carved. Thanks for the advice - the crack occured from getting wacked during shipping.