Sound post bulge?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Mike Goodbar, Jan 18, 2002.

  1. Mike Goodbar

    Mike Goodbar Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2001
    Charlotte, NC
    My Engelhardt saga continues.

    In a futile attempt to spruce up (no pun intended) my Englehardt the other night, I was polishing it up with some lemon oil.

    As I was running the cloth over the back of the bass, I could feel a distinct "prominence" at the point where the sound post meets. I couldn't really see any outward sign of bulging or even any varnish stress, but it did alarm me a little.

    Is this normal? Or is my sound post too tight? Is my bass about to cave in?

    I guess I should be performing "bass self-exams" more often.
  2. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur

    Mar 22, 2000
    New Joisey Shore
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music
    Not a good thing. I'd take to a qualified luthier for an evaluation. It would probably indicate either a weak point in the laminate or a soundpost that is too long, or both. If you've seen a lot of the insides of basses, you may have seen some with a half dollar size wooden coin (but don't take any wooden nickels) on the back of the bass under the sound post, to avoid further growth of the fault.