crack in soundboard

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crack in soundboard

Postby RedHouse Arts » Sun Mar 14, 2010 10:24 pm

Shortly after I bought my used hurdy-gurdy, I noticed a hairline crack in the soundboard. Over time, the crack has grown. Help! What can I do?
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Re: crack in soundboard

Postby gurdymaker » Thu Mar 18, 2010 12:00 pm

The crack has been caused and is widening due to you keeping it in an hotter, drier atmosphere than that in which it was built. There are commercially available humidity control gizmos

( http://www.dampits.com/ )

which you keep either in a soundhole or in the case. You can , of course just let it acclimatise to your environment and once it has settled down, you can glue in a sliver of soundboard wood.

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Re: crack in soundboard

Postby RedHouse Arts » Mon Mar 22, 2010 12:27 am

Thank you for the information, Neil. I have a dampit and am using it; but, yes, this is a new and different climate and the weather has changed radically and often in the three months I've had the instrument. The playability does not seem to have changed, but I have been concerned about the cracks.

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