My son switched to full size violin. We still have several packs of the 3/4 sized different Pirastro and Dominants. If it is ok to use many brands of 4/4 strings on 3/4 instrument, is it possible to do it the other way? Thanks!
I reckon they make the strings for fractional instruments thicker so that they will have the same tension on all sizes of violin. If that's the case, then the strings will be heavier tuned up to proper pitch on a full-size violin. Doesn't hurt to try, though, since you have extras lying around.
I have never used 3/4 strings, on a 4/4 or otherwise, so my answer is necessarily a little speculative. What concerns me is whether a 3/4 string would be long enough to wrap properly round its peg, and whether there is the possibility that the string's peg box winding would extend past the nut over the fingerboard.
I once asked Pirastro if, since they were discontinuing full-size stark-gauge Obligato strings, it might make sense to use their medium-gauge 1/2-3/4-size Obligato strings instead, on a full-size violin.
If you bring a 4/4 string to it's normal tension on a 3/4 violin it's vibrating length will be shorter than it's designed for and its pitch will be too high, if you loosen the string to bring it down to proper pitch the strings will get floppy. This might work with some strings on some instruments.
Thanks everybody. I do remember that some brands sell 3/4-4/4 sets, but I am not sure which ones these are, need to check. Given that, if these are the ones that I do have, they should work on the full size, what do you think?
In most cases, 3/4 strings are short enough that they won’t fit without the winding at the top running into the nut. As already mentioned, fractional strings are made thicker to make up for the shorter scale. This makes them feel more supple under the bow.
Thanks Rich Maxham, I'll check those that I think might be "double sized" and the ones I have.
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