I am trying out Vision Solo and Evah Pirazzi Gold strings, and the Pirazzi instructions mentioned that sound quality is reduced if the strings are put on and off multiple times- I was planning on doing that as a test. Why is this true? Is the effect very noticeable?
Additionally, when tuning I really like to mess with each peg every time, going below the note then bending it up, even if it sounds all right beforehand. I like to do this because I enjoy the practice of hearing the notes become in tune. Is it bad to have the strings pulled out of tune and then back in even if it is always not quite necessary? I use pencil lead on the points of friction and my bridge is straight.
Personally I don't think it is a good idea to tune the strings too sharp, but I love to tune them a bit low and then slide them up to pitch with my Knilling or Peghed (Internally geared) pegs.
Don't intentionally tune too sharp. When putting on a new string, do it last thing in the evening, take it up to 1/2 step flat, then finish tuning the next day. what really bothers me is when I see people pulling strings sideways as a way to fine tune (flatten?) instead of using the peg. It doesn't work very well and can't be any good for the string.
Those strings are made from synthetic polymers which exhibit various types of "permanent plastic" deformation behaviour when stretched.
Joel, why do you wait for the next day to finish tuning? Does this help the string to settle in a bit quicker?
Catherine, I think it is a good idea to let the string settle in over night (or 2 or 3 hours if over night is inconvenient) before doing the final tune-up, because the string needs time to settle on the peg - there is usually some degree of slippage and stretching on the peg with a new string.
C. J. -- I try to change strings after the last playing even in the day. I don't know if makes a difference to start a 1/2 step low, it just seems to work for me. thanks, jq
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