Edited: November 11, 2020, 5:37 PM · Hello!

I just noticed some dirt-like material on my E-string. Does this mean that the metal is wearing away or something? My E-string is a little rough and goes slightly sharp after I release my bow from the open string. Is it going to break or be unusable soon? I have an audition this week.

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November 11, 2020, 6:11 PM · It may be wear from your fingers not necesarilly going to snap, but I would replace ASAP anyway. From my understanding, injuries from string snaps are not all that common
Edited: November 11, 2020, 6:12 PM · For how much time have you been using that E-string? Which string is it?
November 11, 2020, 6:18 PM · I have been using that E-string, which is a dominant E-string, for between six and twelve months.
November 11, 2020, 8:10 PM · Odds of injury are essentially zero. If your string is false it's gotta go, especially before an audition.
November 11, 2020, 8:36 PM · Time to change it then, and try another E string, Pirastro Gold or Optima Goldbrokat.
November 11, 2020, 10:04 PM · If your open string is changing pitch, it's definitely time to change. The good thing is that, since most E strings are made of steel, they are quite dimensionally stable (a plus if you have an audition next week), and also dirt cheap.

Goldbrokat and Jargers cost under $2 apiece and are very easy to buy at local stores or through one of the big dealers.

November 12, 2020, 8:46 AM · Or why not go for broke! (Warchal Amber E will cost you $8.76 at Shar . . .)
November 12, 2020, 12:49 PM · There are so many string "experiments" yet not done.
I recall about one year ago when I tried a set of Tricolore gut strigs one one of my fiddles, but I retained the Peter Infeld Platinum E string already on and it so overpowered the balance of the Tricolores that I had to put on a Goldbrokat E for proper balance - but then the whole fiddle sounded to my ears like it was at least 10DB down from where it had been and where I wanted it.

One of my violas had a troublesome C string for 20 years - just could not find a way to get a good sound to my ears from any C string I put on that instrument. So I took it over to IFSHIN VIOLINS and was fortunate to get a sales "clerk" who is a violist. He recommended I switch to a low tension C string and also a low-tension A string to balance that even better. By installing low tension Dominant A & C strings my problems were solved. He said "I could perform on this! That made my day. (As does SHAR, IFSHIN hires good players to work the front of the store (and good-to great luthiers for the benches).

Hamlet said "Get thee to a nunnery!" I say "Get thee to a luthier!" or at least a GOOD violin shop.

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