E string question
Hi, I'm wondering what is this circular thing that comes with the Hill & Sons E String, see picture: https://i.imgur.com/H98SKUW.jpg
Could it be a bridge protector? But different...
And secondly, while we're here, what are your opinions on this string, I'm using Obligato for the others.
I am currently using, and would prefer PI e strings for reliability(less whistling, less cracking of the sound). Evah Pirazzi's are amazing when you first use them, but they go false after a few weeks. Dominant e's are ok throughout, but they are not really usable for big concerts and are considered as "beginner" strings. If you want your sound to match, the obligato's are perfect because you use the same brand for the others.
yeah I'm aware Evahs don't last.
No, it doesn't seem like a bridge protector, because it is too thick and wide to fit the string and the bridge. I'm also not certain of what it is. A specialized music store can help you if you contact them or go to the store. Is it possibly a mute?
I really have no idea. Could it be for the fine tuner?
Do you not have the transparent molded plastic piece glued onto your bridge? That can help you protect your bridge.
No, I always use the piece that comes with the string. I guess I can use the yellow one from the old Pirastro Gold I'm going to replace.
That little donut is a holdover from the Jurassic. It's called a tone filter, and you use it by laying/balancing it on top of the bridge under the string so that it goes under the string on both sides of the bridge and passes over the top of the bridge on either side of the string.
A year or so ago when I had my bridges replaced - one had snapped in two due to a defect deep in the wood, and it was a good idea to have the other replaced as well. I specified that my 18th c violin was going to be used principally or even exclusively with gut strings, but my modern one would be used with synthetics and a steel E.
Michael, that is good info, thanks,
Pirastro shows the composition of all their E strings here: