This is a topic I've not seen ever come up here, or anywhere else online.
As a player, I've always been a person whose skin was "acidic" (or whatever you would like to call it) and I tend to go through strings a little faster than others.
However, when I was pregnant with and for numerous nursing months after having my now-toddler, I went through strings WAY faster. I play as a professional player for musical theatre in a pit for the past few years, so being able to have quick responding, accurate strings for finger placement is a must in a loud pit where I essentially (as all players do for these smaller, regional theatres) function as a soloist for many of the melody lines I play.
I was curious if:
-other women had run into this?
-what techniques for violin and string care did you try or add to your routine to deal with it and extend the life of your strings?
- if there were certain types of strings that you found helped mitigate this? (for example, certain metals, as I have read via Shar that there are some that are far less likely to corrode - which is a newer thought to me, that I am looking into, now).
-and while we're at it, talk about bow hair, too. I heard from one violin shop nearby that this can also degrade faster for some women in this extra hormonally-ridden phase of life and felt that was likely the case (and then went away once nursing ended).
FYI, Men - you can comment too, for your wives, daughters, and what you've seen with students!
Let's see if we can make life easier for pregnant and nursing violinists everywhere.
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