Goldbrokat string wrapping
Trying out the well regarded Goldbrokat E string for the first time, I notice that the silk(?) wrapping is applied to much shorter part on the peg end of the string compared to all other strings I've seen. It's such that during installation you run out of the wrapping part and the last two turns of the peg involve bare metal string instead of the wrapped string. Is this normal? Overall string length seems fine. Thank you for your help.
Yes, it's fine.
Now that you mention it, I have noticed this quirk with the Goldbrokat E, too. I've used the medium E on all three fiddles since 2011. The ones I'd used before then were Westminster heavy and Gold Label -- I don't remember how long their wrappings were.
The only thing that concerns me about the Goldbrokat E is the possibility that over time the bare metal of the string could damage the peg. Is not the functional purpose of the winding on metal and metal-wound strings to protect the peg and to provide sufficient friction to prevent the string from slipping?
I would say it's fine just because I also have used a Goldbrokat and it didn't damage my violin in any way! As long as you don't excessively tune up and down (which, for an e string, you wouldn't be doing anyway), I think you're fine. :)