How Not to Snap an E string
So recently I ordered a new set of strings (Thomastik Vision Ball-end), because my old ones were getting worn down. So I put on the new G and it was fine, same with the D, and A. But when I went to tighten the E, it snapped and broke. Now I know this is fairly common, but it is a pretty big problem for me because I live in a very remote location and it takes a while for packages to get here. I want to order the Goldbrokat E string, however this time I would prefer not to snap it. Do you have any ideas or techniques that could help me not to snap my E?
Where did it snap? Was there something rough/sharp on the violin, or did you just tune too hard and too fast?
Order a variety of E strings as they are cheap enough and then if one snaps you do not need to interrupt your playing waiting for one to arrive in the mail.
It snapped at the end where you wind it up, not on the actual string itself.
Unless you have a sharp edge in the nut at the top of the fingerboard that cut into the string, you probably got a defective one.
Aidan, it seems to me that there was probably a kink in the string in the peg area. A kink will severely weaken the string - especially a metal one - and any microscopic crack will instantly propagate into a fully-fledged break when under load. So be extra careful with a steel E. In particular avoid using an old E because the peg end will have accumulated damage in its previous life and you'll be asking for trouble if you re-use it (voice of experience!).
There well could have been the issues mentioned.
For reference I'll add that a plain gut E installs very easily without problems or likelihood of snapping, but note that you can't use a fine tuner with it. However, the plain gut E isn't for all occasions.
In my experience at least, it is NOT a common occurrence. I'ts happened to me maybe a few times in my life as I recall - and I've been around since gambas and dinosaurs roamed the earth! ;-)