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OMG! Popping strings.
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NYC Violinist
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December 22, 2011 - 10:51 pm
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This is quite annoying, why is it that I always pop the strings when I'm trying to peg tune my violin it's really annoying and it happens a lot, I just popped my A-string 5 minutes ago.  Can someone tell me how to avoid doing this?

-NYC Violinist

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Fiddlerman
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December 22, 2011 - 11:00 pm
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You are either tuning over the correct pitch or you have something sharp on the nut, bridge or tailpiece.

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I had that problem with a fiddle someone gave me about a month ago. It turned out to be the fine tuners on the g and the d strings. They where made to where the ball did not fit properly and it put the strings In a bind. I took them off on those 2 strings and they are just fine. Check and see if the ball is set in the fine tuner correctly.

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Kevin M.
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Where is the string breaking. At the peg, the nut, the bridge, tailpiece, fine tuner?  I have found the strings will break easily if the string crosses over itself on the peg. Could also be the fine tuner cutting into the string.  Could be the most common cause, tuning far past the pitch of the string.  Let us know where it breaks so we can help you better.

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December 25, 2011 - 4:55 pm
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It's breaking at the pegs all the time.

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Fiddlerman
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December 25, 2011 - 11:18 pm
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Maybe the hole in the peg has a sharp edge.
Also check to see if they may possibly be breaking at the nut (where the string sits before going into the peg box)
You can pull that peg out and feel all around to make sure there are no sharp edges anywhere.

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I have found most times that a string can break at the peg if the winding crosses over itself, especially jut before leaving the peg going to the nut.  It pust a sharp kink in the string.  If you go fishing and tie the hook on with a regular knot the line will break, well the same is true for strings.

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December 26, 2011 - 4:18 pm
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I always cross the string one time at the beginning. Never again after that. So far I have never had a string break at the peg. I guess the key is that the string is wrapping smoothly at least a few spins before leaving the peg to relieve the strain coming from the bump.

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Fiddlerman said

I always cross the string one time at the beginning. Never again after that. So far I have never had a string break at the peg. I guess the key is that the string is wrapping smoothly at least a few spins before leaving the peg to relieve the strain coming from the bump.

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That is how it should be done. cross the first turn to lock the string at the hole than keep it neat.

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