Method to prolong string lifespan and regain initial brilliance
Recently I tried loosening the violin strings one by one (not completely),and then tightening them back again. The result was amazing! Previously I was playing with a set of 'dead' evah pirazzis, but after trying this they seemed to miraculously regain their brilliance and power.
Had anyone experienced/tried this before?
I never tried although I heard something to that effect, but how long does it last? I suspect not very long.
Question: When you tune them back up how stable are they? are they still in tune 10 minutes after that? Or 30 minutes?
Don't be cheap. Get new strings.
The effect described origins of the wooden parts of the instrument, not of the strings.
Roger, I'm not sure yet as I have just tried this recently. I'll monitor for a few more weeks to see how long it will take for the sound quality to deteoriate again.
Interesting theory, Jose. Thanks!
When I was using gut strings, I could extend the life a little, by first having the knot in the slot, and then later, putting the string through the loop. That puts the wear on different spots.
Wow thanks Jose! Very interesting! Strange that Evahs, which are rather high tension, are known to be brilliant sounding though. Are there any suggestions for a good set of "soft strings"??
Who told you that you were initially brilliant? Would everyone who's known you over the years agree with that assessment? Seems kind of presumptuous.
"The higher tension version of a particular string model has a bigger diameter than the lower tension version of the same string model. The bigger diameter results in a more rigid string. A more rigid string won't easily be bend into the small standing waves with short wavelength which generates the higher harmonics."
Yes you are right with that in respect to different string models. But comparing different tension versions of the same string model e.g. Evah Pirazzi stark mittel and weich, my observation is that the kind of used materials keeps the same but the used amount of the materials varies with respect to the tension. Wouldn't it otherwise be difficult to keep the typical characteristics of the particular string model?
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