Impacts

Protect the instrument against impacts.

Why?

Much of the strength of the instrument comes from its shape.  The wood itself is quite thin. Furthermore, the strings put a lot of force on the instrument. Simply knocking over the bridge may cause seams to open. A slight blow to the right spot can be transmitted by the soundpost to cause a soundpost crack on the top or back, especially if the soundpost is too tight.

Dropping the instrument may break the neck off. Even if no damage is immediately visible, a blow can shatter glue, causing a nearly untraceable buzz.  This leads to open seams or cracks later.

Remember!  Protect the instrument against impacts!!!
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