need urgent advice about soundpost

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Nuno A., Jan 9, 2002.

  1. Nuno A.

    Nuno A. Velvet Strings Customer Service

    Jul 9, 2001
    Hello there.
    Last week i went to a luthier who lives near me to fix my soundpost because it was not straight....
    Well, i noticed that after that , my soundpost was not centered with this wood disc inside the bass(sorry as i dont know the correct name for this little disc)
    The sound post was straight(90° to the bass top) but it was in the down part of this little disc...coincidende or not but since then, my bridge already falled 4 times and now i'm afraid of taking it back to this guy.However everytime the bridge falls, the soundpost doesnt move.
    I fix the bridge again but after a while it just falls....
    Does the sound post really needs to be centered with this disc???
    All information welcome.
    Thanks and a great 2002

  2. Quick.......find a different luthier
  3. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    The soundpost may not be fully centered with the reinforcement, no problem.
    However the big question is: why did your bridge fall four times in a week?
    It doesn't seem to be correctly installed.
    If you look at your bridge from its side, you should see that one side of the bridge is at a right angle (90º) with the bottom, and the other side has an angle.
    Looks like this:

    / |
    / | Tailpiece
    / |

    The right angled part of the bridge should be toward the tailpiece.
    Also make sure the feet are perfectly seated on the top.
    If the bridge is mounted in the reverse position, it can have a tendency to slip and fall.

    Hope this helps!
  4. Francois Blais

    Francois Blais Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Québec, Canada
    Well, the drawing was correct when I drew it, but it looks like s**t now.
    I've made a little drawing with Paint which I'm attaching to this message.