G String oddities
Several weeks ago several things happened:
1. I switched out my chin rest to an adjustable (Wittner Zuerich) and lowered my Kun.
2. The temps/humidity in central Indiana started rising and I've noticed that the humidity in my practice room can change from 50% (at A/C set at 73) -60% (set at 74). My violin is currently in it's case - but I've had it on a stand since mid-late March.
At some point during this time period my G string started sounding nasal/hollow to me. My teacher said it's buzzing. It is especially bad at G4, to me it just sounds hollow at that point - doesn't sound right at all.
I've taken off both CR and SR to rule those out and there was no apparent change. My teacher couldn't find any of the usual suspects with tailpiece or fine tuners - nor any sign of a problem with a seam. He doubts my G string has worn out early.
Can the humidity range I noted above cause this type of thing? I don't want to start throwing money at it unless I've tried all that I reasonably can.
What brand is the string and how old it is? Some strings do become as you describe over a period of time. The lease expensive is to replace the G string and let it settle. It the problem persists, I would 1st suspect the sound post then (less likely, but not to be ruled out) bass-bar issues.
The G-D strings are Dominants (with a Piastro Gold E). Assuming the Dominants were new when I bought the violin at the end of last November (bought it used) it's 6 months old. Knowing them as I do, they were new at the time.
>Seven months is a long time for a set of strings.
Time for new set of strings.
Another approach is to use the "Russian" string setup - so called because of its use by many great Russian violinists. The setup is steel A and E with covered gut G and D, although my preference has always been for a plain gut D.
I called my luthier and they are 90% certain it's a "hardware" issue. I will take it tomorrow and drop it off. I've a set of new Dominants already and may just have them switch out my D, and A strings as well. Perhaps a new E as it's a bit tarnished after 3 months.
6+ months for a set of strings means it's time to replace them all.
That's what I'm getting Pamela, good thing I already have a set... Even though this likely isn't the problem - haven't seen my teacher wrong yet - I will have the luthier switch them all out while they are at it.
Prim Lisa E. If it took 6 months for you to wear out synthetics, a stainless E will literally last you to the end of your days.
I will check that out Cotton. I'm also playing a lot more than 6 months ago. THEN most of my practice sessions involved far more repetitive bowing exercises/scales and trying to figure out where the notes were with the assistance of my tuner = long breaks.
I dropped my violin off at the luthier last week at my teacher's advice. I'm away at a conference and they contacted me today on what they found.