Hello! About three weeks ago I got new Eva Pirazzi regular full set of strings for my violin with a steel ball E string, normal quality, and I have been having a very frustrating problem occurring with my G and D strings: they are sticky! I’ve tried washing my hands thoroughly before I play, I’ve tried using pure rubbing alcohol and water respectively on a soft cloth to clean them, and I’ve also thoroughly rubbed down the fingerboard. I can’t understand why these two strings are so stiff to play on! The A and the E strings are fine, by the way. Shifting on them is super smooth and easy. But when I apply pressure to the other two, my fingers have a hard time shifting almost like they do on a string that is broken/unwinding....Tweet
I will probably try rubbing the strings down again with rubbing alcohol; there is indeed a black/brown residue that comes off of them (that is not from my fingerboard.)
Otherwise, if that doesn’t work, I will probably send them back because whatever residue is on them is too much for me to play with ease! I’d love some brainstorming as to what is on them. I suspect it might be an oil that was applied to preserve them through their shipment here. Any other ideas? Also, what should I use to clean it?
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