I always kept used unbroken strings in my string tube in my case and cycled through them before I opened a new set to put on my violin. Being a full time student, playing violin as a hobby encourages recycling.
My new violin Socia, came with Obligato GDA and Warchal Amber E, I initially found the set to be very loud and a little bright. Later it broke in and started sounding warmer and nicer, but my A string always sounded too bright for the E string.
While I'm searching for cause of a buzz on an A string, I swapped it out with an old Infeld Red A string, and it seems to sound much warmer, quieter and not holding the tuning at all. Basically I have to tune it every 30 mins(very good for ear training with fifths).
I find that with each cycle, the used strings sound warmer and quieter and lose tuning stability. I have read quite a bit on string orientation and about string durability, I cannot say that I find Obligato set to be warm at all. I will have to agree on how loud they are. I also read that some people said Obligato do not last very long. I'm finding that my G string especially is losing responsiveness. I also think Obligato may be too high tension for my violin, the pegs are wearing down to the point where I can see ebony dust forming in the pegbox.
I am contemplating if I should change the strings in the near future(I've had Warchal sample sets sitting in my case since July), but I'm curious what others do with their used strings before I stuff the string tube with 4 more strings.
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