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Hilary
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I glanced into my violin yesterday and saw that there was a small hole-- not perfectly round and not going through the width of the sound post-- in middle of the soundpost by the right f-hole. o_O

My question:

1. Could this be the source of a new buzzing I've recently noticed while place on the A/E strings? If not, what could this buzzing be caused by besides cracks? I've already made sure the shinrest was not touching the tailpiece.

2. What the heck causes a hole in the instrument?

3. Should I get this fixed? Or is it nothing to worry about?

Thanks!

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There are 3 possibilities Hilary. 1) It's the hole left by the soundpost tool used to spike the post and place it. 2) Some old-timers drilled holes or notches to tie string and locate the post with string.

3) There's a wood boring bug on a rampage. :) But I doubt that the soundpost hole is related to any buzzing unless the post was split.

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The hole in the soundpost is normal. It is caused by a small "spike" on the tip of the sounpost setting tool that was used to install/position the soundpost.

As to the cause of the buzz, it could be from many things. One simple thing that you may want to check is the little pieces of tubing that are sometimes placed on the e or a string to protect the bridge. Occasionally, instead of placing these over the bridge they are instead pushed down over the silk winding near the tailpiece and sometimes work loose and cause a buzz.

Could also be a loose fine tuner screw, loose label, loose chinrest clamp, worn winding on string, dirt or debris in violin, or quite a few things other than cracks.

Hope this helps,

Leon

I glanced into my violin yesterday and saw that there was a small hole-- not perfectly round and not going through the width of the sound post-- in middle of the soundpost by the right f-hole. o_O

My question:

1. Could this be the source of a new buzzing I've recently noticed while place on the A/E strings? If not, what could this buzzing be caused by besides cracks? I've already made sure the shinrest was not touching the tailpiece.

2. What the heck causes a hole in the instrument?

3. Should I get this fixed? Or is it nothing to worry about?

Thanks!

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