December 19, 2006 1:18am CST
How often should one replace violin strings?
19 Dec 06
strings can be compared to car tyres. strings directly influence the performance of your instrument. they must "adhere" and vibrate well - be tough and very responsive. like car tyres they must work as a whole and they must match each other, so that when passing from one string to another, no difference should be noted in string tension and tone. don't try one make for the G, another for the D, A, and E - a totally different kind for each string in most cases leads to a mismatch in feel and performance. cheap Violins come with the worst tyres. These are used simply in order to say that the instrument is complete and functions ( albeit with a screech !) . cheap chinese strings are also far too thin - just rip these off and buy some new strings. anything will sound twice as good. if you buy Dominants or better, your chinese violin will sound at least three times as good ! ( good tyres will make the car drive better and feel better ! ). strings wear out and need replacing well before they burst. if you keep them clean they last longer, though.