Why does it take 5 years for my string to die
Hello again pros of Violinist.com.
I have an interesting aspect about my violin studying to share.
Recently (1 year ago) I changed my string set for the first time because the teacher was wondering why the 'A' string sounded dull. I told him that it's been on for 5 years.
He gasps and looks at me in horror. Now, he, like many of you, will advise us to change our strings every 6 months to 2 years for violin string changes. (I've only been learning violin for 6 so...)
However, even though I practice 1 hour to 2 hours a day (every day), my strings never seems to die. It's been one year since my first string change, and I wanted to know whether I should change it or not. I brought it to a luthier (to repair something too) to check on if the strings were okay. She thought it was fine. I brought it to a string advisor in group class. He thought it was fine. My teacher today also said my strings were fine.
It is a mystery to me because several of my fellow orchestra mates could get a dull sounding string within 7 months. Mine just don't die.
I think your strings do die but you do not realize that. What strings are you using now?
What kind of strings? Dominants can very slowly dull down, often without going false.
Slightly off topic, but last November, as a result of the old bridge breaking during a practice session on my #1 violin and a consequent overhaul by my luthier I asked for a setup with a new set of Chordas (I had been using Chordas for quite a while so am quite used to them), complete with a gut E.
If I were paying a luthier to check my violin I would opt for a new set to be safe whether I needed it or not. You might play it for a few more months and realize you should have had it done.
"Why does it take 5 years for my string to die?" I want the brand of strings he's having.
"Why does it take 5 years for my string to die?"
With reference to long-lasting less expensive strings and top of the range expensive strings that last a very few months, there is an interesting comparison with the motor car industry. A recent newspaper article in the UK points out that the most reliable cars in the UK are made by the budget-friendly manufacturers (headed by Hyundai), and the more expensive cars tend to have more problems: