I taught a lesson to a student today who insists on using a D string as an A string. I objected and when my student challenged me to back my objection with facts I stated that it's because the manufacturer designs the strings to handle the correct tension required for the tuning. I told him that I felt an A string would sound better and be better for the instrument but he's insisting on using a D string tuned to an A...to the point where now he is going to order sets of E, two Ds and a G from Shar. He's quite uncooperative and argumentative so I just said "well I can't force you to take my advice, I can only give you information. What you do with it is up to you".
I need to know from people who know better than me: could it harm the violin to do this? The violin is a rental instrument and the people he's renting it from are friends of mine. I don't want him to hurt their violin. It seems to me that using a D and tuning it up a fifth could put extra pressure on the top and hurt it, but I'm not a luthier so I can't say for sure.
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