Do strings need to be trimmed?
When putting on strings should the peg be able to accommodate the string length as it comes out of the package or is some trimming needed?
As long as you dont buy pure gut double length strings they are not to be shortened.
Having more windings on the peg from an uncut string minimizes the tendency of the string to slip on the peg.
You're not supposed (or simply you don't need) to trim them, you should be able to put any kind of string in your violin without doing further modifications. May be some manufacturers make them so long you can wind them 5 times, others 3. Lydon is right, the more windings, the more grip you will have, but these windings must be equal, you shouldn't have a single loose wind. In other words, install correctly the string, that's it, hahahaha.
Some violins just seem to have a little bit tighter pegbox than others. I always go to one side of the emerging string for one full turn, and then cross over to the other side to wind the rest. I find that gives me enough room to wind all the leader onto the peg.
"Some violins just seem to have a little bit tighter pegbox than others. I always go to one side of the emerging string for one full turn, and then cross over to the other side to wind the rest. I find that gives me enough room to wind all the leader onto the peg."
I have saved used strings and when inserting them into the peg holes it has sometimes been necessary to trim the end - with no adverse result. In the past 30 - 40 years I have done this mainly after a string broke or when giving away a set of slightly used strings to a student or colleague.
What a great idea, twisting the E to help prevent whistling. Have never heard of that one. Andrew has a wealth of knowledge and his praise of PI Platinum E for so long has convinced me to try one but they are so expensive. I am going to order one for my Christmas gift unless Mr. Warchal comes out with a new Diamond E prior to the Holiday.
The most expensive E string is the best by definition.
The new Pirastro platinum E is cheaper than the thomastic. At least on this side of the pond....
I don't know how much it is actually done, but I understand at the highest levels of setup the strings are trimmed so that the peg heads all align in such a way as to give the most room and best leverage for tuning. That necessitates allowing the string to stretch out first, though.
Most mainstream violin strings will not require any trimming.
With geared pegs (Pegheds, Knilling and Wittner) there is no need for "leverage" for tuning because the torque required is minimal.
I usually threaten to trim strings with my pocketknife if a student comes in with them installed incorrectly, with a big piece of string tail hanging out of the peg. :-D
Perhaps no trimming, but shaving for sure.
September 22, 2017, 4:57 PM ·" I usually threaten to trim strings with my pocketknife if a student comes in with them installed incorrectly, with a big piece of string tail hanging out of the peg. :-D
"I seem to recall hearing that twisting the E string, which would typically involve doing that just before installing the ball end can prevent whistling."
It may depend on your violin. I trim a small amount, about 1cm, from the A string. I do this only for the Amati as the stop is a little shorter and the peg box is narrow.