How to remove the ball on A string
Recently I have changed my violin fine tuners on E and A to hill style.
I inserted the hook into the ball. It sounds weird. The ring went away.
Would you educate me how to convert my Dominant A to loop end? I searched…people said "it's possible" but I some how found that the wire is too tight around the ball.
Thanks so much!!!
Crush the ball with pliers. Then remove it.
Tom, when you crush it, did the plier squeeze the string together with a sharp bend?
I've never tried removing an A string ball, but I just wiggle the E string ball using the point of a pencil until I can work it loose from the loop.
Check the edges of your Hill fine tuners to be sure they are rounded enough to avoid damage to the strings. The tuner edges can be easily filed to remove sharp edges. Synthetic-core strings (like the Dominant A) are particularly subject to damage by sharp edges at either end of the instrument.
Mary: yes, the E is not not difficult. The A is the problem...
Adalberto, thank you so much. Good to know... sadly steel is not my thing. I think I can just settle to putting the hook in the ball. Or no fine tuner at A.
I’m not sure for the peg box solution... the pushing type of fine tuner ....
Isn't there a Hill-style tuner with a split post? Or is the split too narrow for an A string? I just can't remember!
No A fine tuner then!! Problem solved!
Andrew: yes, but that would elevate the after length section of the string, and the string will exert less pressure on the top plate via the bridge.
Why do you need an a string fine tuner with synthetic string a???
Hi Lyndon, we can tune the A without the fine tuner. But it's always easier to tune with the fine tuner even you know how to use the peg. I have a feeling that people who can consistently tune very quickly with the peg are in fact settling to a few Hertz of discrepancy.
strings sound better without fine tuners except on the e where it is necessary. 90% of players do just fine with only one fine tuner, its not hard to learn to tune conventional pegs.
When I removed my 3 fine tuners 50 years ago I was amazed at how much better the sound was. When I switched from a post to a Hill E string fine tuner it was more of a subtle difference.
There are small adapters available that allow ball end strings to be mounted on a Hill style fine tuner. And Wittner makes a "Hill style" tuner for ball end E strings. Not sure if it will accept A strings, though.
I agree that the adapter is not a very elegant solution to the problem.
Though this fine tuner doesn't appear to be readily available in the US, just wanted to share the link on a similarly related thread. Appears like the "perfect" fine tuner to me, especially for steel A lovers/users, as some good but older brands' steel As do not have easily removable balls.
I've been using the above with the Warchal Avantgarde A.
With reference to the Wittner "Hill style" fine tuner mentioned in Bo's post of Feb 21, the "E tuners" link is