String cleaning issues
There is a related thread but I didn't want to hijack it as my question is a bit different
I've been cleaning my strings daily with a t-shirt swatch and also microfiber. Last summer I installed Vision Solos, which I love. As of Jan I was a few months past a rehair but that has been addressed in an unexpected fashion. Suddenly, however, I've much more rosin accumulated after each session.
I have used a credit card to clean the strings, and have a brand new microfiber cloth to wipe my strings. It takes so much effort to do this that my strings squeal(?) when I'm cleaning them. Rinse/repeat the next day.
I only rosin every couple days, and no more than 2-4 strokes at that. Should I try alcohol pads or are my beloved Vision Solos wearing out? I don't notice a degradation in sound but perhaps I wouldn't if the change is gradual...
Thanks George. It wasn't a rehair, I took it in for that and my violin shop just gave me a brand new CodaBow Prodigy that already had a base layer of rosin. I wasn't so much in love with that bow that I argued about it as there was no cost to the exchange.
I don't see the problem. Squeal the strings.
I agree with Graeme. But I don't think alcohol is harmful.
"I only rosin every couple days"... and I only rosin maybe once or twice a month (and I play several hours a day including orchestral rehersal once a week)! I don't have a big rosin accumulation :-) Some might say on the under-use side perhaps, but I don't feel a need for much rosin, it doesn't take much.
Once I changed bows the squeal disappeared. My new bow plays fine so it has enough rosin and the rosin is no longer caked on the strings, though I do have to apply often right now. The only thing I can think of is the other new bow, the Codabow, that came to me already rosined, had a different rosin from mine, something more sticky.
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