Which is the most troublesome string on your instrument?
This vote comes via Jim Hastings, who added that "I've had most breakages and failures with A."
I won't be surprised if that is quite common, as the "A" string is one of the most-used, in terms of playing. (You are welcome to argue with that if you have evidence to the contrary!)
It's interesting to get to the bottom of why a string fails. One colleague was telling me that her strings keep breaking because they were wound so close to the peg box - she realized that they were always failing way up there, and it was due to the friction. The nut can also be a place of friction on the string.
For a while I had a student whose E string fine tuner was causing breakage -- the loop on the string was attached with a little metal hook, and that hook was actually sharp. The string was always breaking at the loop, right where it touched the hook.
Breakage can also depend on the kind of string one is using. For example, a true gut string will be prone to breakage; as will some kinds of cheap strings.
Which string has failed you most often? And what do you think is the cause? Have you ever had to change anything about your set up, or switch string types, because of frequent breakage?
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