One of my adult students, an advanced beginner, bought a violin a few months ago. He paid special attention to the sound of the G string since he did not like it on the violin he played previously. At first, he and I agreed that it sounded quite good. Then the G string slowly sounded more and more fuzzy. He replaced his Heliocore strings with Infeld reds. At first the G string sounded better, but then its sound got progressively fuzzier. He brought it back to the luthier (a good one), who told him that it was a "wearing-in" effect, not a problem with the violin, and replaced the old Infeld strings with new ones. Again, the sound of the G string got progressively fuzzier. When I tried playing his violin, the G string sounded better but still fuzzy. I watched the placement, movement, and pressure of the bow while he played, and they all looked fine. I'm not a luthier, so I only checked the most obvious things: the integrity of his G string, the lack of rubbing in the peg box, the action of the strings, the fingerboard, the tailpiece, and the bridge. Neither of us could diagnose the problem. My student and I would appreciate your suggestions.
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