Old Kay Question....

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by mmukav, Feb 19, 2005.

  1. So I picked up my 'new' 1950 Kay C-1 and brought it home. When I was checking it out closely I found 2 small (1-inch) cracks on the top corresponding to where the soundpost meets the top. Kind of wierd 'cause they're diagonal, not running with the grain of the top. I looked inside with a dental mirror and light and could see no corresponding crack on the inside, so I figure it must be the top ply only. I bought it at a violin shop and the owner told me not to worry about it.

    So--should I not worry? It sounds great, and there are no buzzes or rattles. Think it'll get bigger? (probly no way to know that-huh?). Just wanted some other thoughts.......
  2. mrpc

    mrpc Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    I would want to make sure that the cracks were secure, glued or what-ever. As long as they CAN'T get any bigger, I wouldn't worry. It might be a good idea to to get a second opinion, and in any case, it sounds like minimal repair project, so why not go ahead and do it?

    I love those old Kay basses!