My 4 violin bows slip and slide ONLY on the "A" string. Does anyone know why this happens. Two luthiers have no idea. I have been using the same make for years. They are Pirastro Tonica. This happened after I bought the last set 3 months ago. I use the usual amount of the same resin that I have used for years. Sometimes cleaning the strings with a soft cloth helps for a few hours of practising. I have been playing since I was 11. I am 83 now.
Dr. Terry Carscadden MD
Sudbury Ontario Canada
Try a grippier rosin and keep an eye on your bowing angle.
This is very interesting. I have a friend who has been using Tonica strings and the A string always breaks fast. Now he switched to other strings because no one knows why only the A string breaks so easily.
Strange. I've been using Tonicas for awhile and have never had an issue.
I agree. Never had a problem with them.
I agree to both points beeing made. I often dislike Pirastro a strings. They (most synthetics by Pirastro despite Obligato) are often a bit brighter than d / g and on some violins they can feel a bit broken when settled in, but they are not. Its more a problem of the violin that can be exposed by Tonikas.
Hi I'm currently using Pirastro Chromcor with eudoxa-chromcor A string on Yamaha SV-150! I'm considering new strings set with :
The SV-150 is the electric "Silent Violin", isn't it? Consider getting strings designed for electrics.
Good comments from many people. I have changed resin, bow rehaired 6 months ago, made sure the bow is parallel to the bridge, and cleaned the string with alcohol. I bought a Tomastik A 2 weeks ago and so far it is fine. Three months ago Pirastro sent me anew Tonica and an Evah. Same problem. I have used Tonicas for at least 25 years! At first I thought it was me then a friend who is a well known and respected violist said "it is not you. It is either the string or the violin". After I have practised for an hour when the bow starts to slide I wipe the string with a soft cloth and I am good for another hour. So far I haven't had to do this with the Vision. I suspect I need to find a sound physicist!