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What is this piece that was lose inside my violin?
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shaolin95
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February 22, 2015 - 1:29 pm
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DSC9846.jpgImage EnlargerHello!

Just got a Bellafina model 50 as it was just $60 shipped. It came with the bridge not installed but no big deal thanks to the Fiddlerman video.

The issue is, inside I found a tiny piece of wood.

Check the pic please.

What is this? Should I be concerned?

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February 22, 2015 - 1:36 pm
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That is the sound post. The sound post needs to be properly fitted in there for proper sound. I don't recommend you do it yourself though, unless you have some sort of experience.

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Oh my. that appears to be your soundpost. Take a look inside the FF holes and see if there's one set up already (i'm guessing no). I'd recommend taking this to a luthier to have it properly set up, the bridge also most likely needs reshaping as I bet it wasn't fitted to the violin. Or returning this kit and spend the extra to getting one that is properly setup (such as one of the fiddlerman outfits).

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Christine (moonlitday) said
Oh my. that appears to be your soundpost. Take a look inside the FF holes and see if there's one set up already (i'm guessing no). I'd recommend taking this to a luthier to have it properly set up, the bridge also most likely needs reshaping as I bet it wasn't fitted to the violin. Or returning this kit and spend the extra to getting one that is properly setup (such as one of the fiddlerman outfits).

Ah that is very bad indeed. :/ Well, I will see what he wants to do. Since it was $60 shipped, not sure if he is going to want to spend the money to get it back or what. But yeah, the bridge was one thing. Although I really bought it more as a decoration piece since I have a small issue on a finger that makes playing the violin very problematic...even though my wife seems exited about trying it so now I may end getting a real violin like the Fiddlerman's instead. :)

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Hey Shaolin95,

That's pretty disappointing. May I ask where you purchased it from that shipped it to you without the sound post installed? 

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Hello!

It was an ebay seller called ewpsc
I am contacting him to see what we can workout here. :)

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It never should have been shipped with the bridge loose and the strings not tight over the bridge.

The sound post was most likely installed but got knocked over during shipping. You need the bridge installed and the strings tight or the post will fall.

Not sure what you seller is going to tell you on this. 

I bought a cheap $90.00 violin off ebay about 8 or 10 years ago and one of the fine tuners was stripped out. I emailed the seller and he promptly mailed a new one.

Ebay = buyer beware.

 

Ken.

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It's really not unusual at all that a sound post falls during shipping. The problem is that most violins are shipped with very little pressure on the bridge and boxes get thrown around during shipping. The shipping companies try to get things done as quickly as possible for as little money as possible. Next issue is that the post may not have been fitted properly to begin with. Very rare to have a properly set up violin at that price.
I could put your post up properly in 1 - 5 minutes depending on it's cut. If it is too short I would need to cut a new post. The trouble is finding someone who is knowledgeable to do the work.
I made an over detailed video on how to set a sound-post but I think I'll make an easy (simplified version) one on how to just get the post back up and in place.
All I request is a video of you showing how the violin arrived holding the sound-post and asking the same question. It would be a Q & A. I'll even donate the tools that you need.

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