Unravelling A

October 12, 2018, 9:01 PM · I just had to replace my Warchal Amber A after 2 months because it started to unravel roughly at the D position. I've had this problem several times with the Dominant A and always in roughly the same spot. I believe I had the same problem with Pirastro Evah Pirazzi A strings. I didn't have the problem with Olives or Eudoxas. So I am thinking that maybe I am doing something, the way I shift to second and third position might have something to do with it. Any diagnoses?

Replies (6)

October 12, 2018, 9:31 PM · How many hours daily? Most of the modern strings do not last more than 200 hours.
October 13, 2018, 12:08 AM · That's the exact spot where strings first start to unravel for almost everyone. It's the most-used point on the string.
October 13, 2018, 11:44 AM · Part of that is because the winding is probably aluminum, a soft metal. And maybe friction; do you hold the string down to the wood when shifting positions, or release the pressure when moving. I tried the Warchal steel "Russian" A for the first time just last night - very promising.
October 13, 2018, 12:37 PM · Or replace the wound A with a plain gut A. No aluminum winding to wear out so it will last longer, and give a better sound.
October 13, 2018, 1:27 PM · Funny my Tonica A string is also unravelling at the D fingering location!
October 14, 2018, 8:25 AM · What about checking the state of your fingernails. Are they trimmed closely enough?


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