Competition soon, A string little unwound, what to do?
I have a competition this upcoming Saturday, and my A string became slightly unwound as I was practicing. Would you replace the string immediately or right after the competition?
Might be a bit too late to replace it and have a tuning stable string on Saturday, if the unreaveling is at the nut or the bridge, I would think you can get by, how does it sound, if the sound is effected then replace it immendiately.
If you have a used A string that is in not too bad of shape that might be an option since it will come into stable tune faster.
I think the sooner you replace it the better. It will need a little time to settle in to hold tune. The unravelling part could buzz or catch your finger if left as is.
Change it immediately. You don't want it to break.
Fix it now.
OK, I dictated my previous comment while walking to the green room during a rehearsal break. Let me expand on it a bit:
There is also the real possibility that the tone may disappear suddenly if the outer winding separates from the core. I had that happen once to a cello Dominant D during the last page of a symphony in a concert. It felt like I was playing on wet string. There was no prior warning in that case, and that was the last time I used Dominants.
Quite intriguing that invisible thread. I was not able to open it to read, but still people seemed to be able to respond. Makes you curious what was discussed....
One solution is offered by Metzler Violins:
Thanks Joel! One of the most important technical articles I've seen, even though I don't use synthetic core (to which steps 9 and 10 are particularly addressed, although I'd guess it also applies to covered gut as well). Everyone should put that link on their desktop and/or print out the article.
Interesting, I discovered step 10 by myself but always thought about it just beeing a bit of personal wodoo.
I changed strings a couple of days ago and they were still a bit hard sounding. Just tried that no 10 trick. Instant improvement! I shall never change strings again without doing this.