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Henning
04-07-2019, 02:38 AM
Hello, so I picked up this solid Hawaiian koa ukulele on ebay. Then a few weeks pass and i find a tiny crack in the back about one 1" of length. Then I look inside and the crack is more obvious. It doesnīt seem to pass below the lower bout bar. But at the end of the crack by the bar, there is like missing piece of the back (triangular in shape).
When I swept a gently moisturized tops over the area it got strongly brownish coloured. When I swept a gently moisturized tops over another part of the back it didnīt. So it is like some fine grains of dust just in the vicinity of the crack.
Can anybody please help me to tell what this might be? :confused:

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Bill Sheehan
04-07-2019, 02:52 AM
To clarify, Hennig, did you sweep the Q-tip on the inside of the uke (i.e., the location shown in the photo), or on the corresponding area on the outside of the uke?

Henning
04-07-2019, 06:47 AM
To clarify, Hennig, did you sweep the Q-tip on the inside of the uke (i.e., the location shown in the photo), or on the corresponding area on the outside of the uke?


On the inside, yes

Henning

PetalumaRescuke
04-07-2019, 09:14 AM
Is there a well repaired vertical crack at right angles to that horizontal one? The horizontal cracks I have seen are by the neck block, probably been sat on, and with associated verbal cracks.
What really counts is how it plays and sounds, only you know it is there.

Henning
04-07-2019, 10:00 AM
@PetalumaRescuke There is no other crack. It plays and sounds surprisingly well.

Henning
04-10-2019, 08:53 PM
Has nobody so far experienced this before?
Thanks in advance
regards

Kenn2018
04-10-2019, 09:13 PM
This is just a WAG, but it may have been a filler used by the maker to disguise the fact that there was a crack. Often wood dust mixed with a medium to hold it in place.

I had some fall out of my Mango tenor recently, but I couldn't find a crack or anything where I could see one.