I was tuning my violin several days ago when the A string gave out completely - suddenly it sounded like a sick cow mooing! As I fixed the A, my D string followed suit - the peg slipped completely. So frustrating! I had to set my fiddle on my lap and use my full powers of tuning concentration to push the pegs in and get them to stay.
What happened? I checked the humidity and found my answer - it was down to 14 percent and had been extremely low for days. Sure enough, going to orchestra a few days later, several other violinists had peg-slipping incidents.
Violins are made of wood and they function largely on 300-year-old technology - this can make them susceptible to the whims of weather - high or low humidity, heat, cold, and especially, rapid changes in any of those factors.
Peg slippage is a common problem brought on by weather, but there are others: a change in tone quality, changes in what it takes to create certain articulations, intonation problems caused by the strings expanding or contrasting, etc.
Of course, not all violins are equally vulnerable to the affects of weather.
Is your violin or other stringed instrument noticeably affected by the weather? Is is something you have to monitor constantly, or does it just get affected now and then? Or do you have a violin that stays steady through most changes of environment? And a related question - do you travel to places with different climates, and does that seem to affect your violin?
Please participate in the vote and then tell us in the comments about your experience with how the weather does or does not affect your instrument.
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