How to preserve New Strings when not playing
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I had changed my strings for a festival I went to play, and now I am in holidays meaning that I wont practice for a month. Any advice how can I preserve as much my strings now they wont be used?
Would tuning them a tone down help?
I don't think one month will cause any trouble as long as the violin is not subject to great temperature extremes.
How can i preserve my strings, so they dont lose quality?
Greetings Mambis and Welcome to Violinist.com!
Leave the violin at full tension. Strings do wear even when you're not playing, but a month isn't going to make much of a difference.
Lydia and Andrew seem to have different views on whether strings deteriorate while not in use. I wonder why. Maybe it depends on climate or the type of string?
I do not think Lydia and Andrew do disagree :-)
oddly, your focus is on strings (perishable, replaceable), not your violin (priceless).
Frankly, the whole thing is a non-issue. Tune them up, tune them down, whatever.
"...you can enjoy the full quality of your strings in one year time again if you want."
I have edited "full quality" in my previous post into "good quality" now. I have to admit that wrote the previous post a bit in hurry :-). But the main point is that keeping fresh strings under the tension does have minimum aging effect compared to playing, especially playing with dirty hands hands, particularly if the player does eat a lot of meat and salt.
You loosen/untune your strings. Strings not under tension go bad more slowly. They maintain their elasticity. Just don't make them so loose that the bridge collapses.
Elasticity is a vague/broad term. In engineering, the precise term (of what I think you mean) is 'compliance', but the process of irreversible elongation (of e.g. synthetic strings in the first two weeks) is called 'creep'.
Just to be precise. I have spoken about the good quality strings. Please be aware are are not able to test every single string available on the market. If there is some manufacturer ho uses low quality of core with constant creep, the recommendation would differ of course. But there is a question whether there is a sense to spend money for such product.
What are your strings made of? Ancient silk? Dandelion rope? They shouldn't explode on you if you leave them for a month.
I mean the ability for the string to return to its original shape/length.
Do Evahs tend to creep a lot if you don't go through these tuning cycles? I mean, do new strings detune only in the first week or does it go on and on until they are worn out?
My strings are the Gold Evahs, I will play violin in exactly 4 weeks, I take this time for exams, move my house and finally holidays. i guess I should just clean them, and leave them as they are. violin is in my room, humidity and temperature is great, as well as my violin case.
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