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restringing: bridge with protector at E string
The violin came set up with a piece of plastic applied directly to the bridge, and no string protector on the E string itself.
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micra
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So, it's time to restring my violin for the first time.  It was originally set up with Tonica strings on a despiau bridge, no E string protector, but rather a piece of adhesive plastic applied directly to the bridge at the E string.  

So, with the new strings, the E string has a protector sleeve on it.  Are you supposed to remove the protector that's on the bridge in favor of the one that's on the string, or remove the sleeve protector that's on the string in favor of the existing bridge protector, or just leave the protector that's on the bridge and the one that's on the string and use them both?

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I'm surely no expert, but i use just the one thats on my bridge. I just push the protector thats on the string down where it is out of the way near the winding and leave it there, just in case i might need it someday. You can take it off the string if you want. If you use both protectors i think it can dampen the e string a bit but i personally have never done it so I'm not sure. 

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I have a parchment bit protecting the bridge (same idea as the adhesive plastic), so I usually just take the little tubes off and discard them. 

Either the piece of parchment/plastic OR the tubes are there to keep the unwound/plain strings from cutting into the wood of the bridge.  I can't think of any advantage to using both, offhand.

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This isn't really an authoritative answer, but I have never had much luck with the plastic tubes already on the e-string.  The string seemed to cut it's way through the light plastic regardless.  If I was going to re-string my instrument, I would remove the plastic tube and use the protector on the bridge itself.

Just my 2 cents.

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The protector on the bridge is way better than the one on the string. The one that comes on all E strings is there for violins that don't have protection on the bridge. The plastic sleeve on the E string actually dampens the string unless you place it completely on the tip so that none or very little of the sleeve sticks out beyond the bridge.

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I prefer the protector on the bridge over the one on the string. Sometimes it can cause some unwanted buzzing :/

 
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ok, great, thanks all!  

i haven't done the restringing yet- so don't know if this is a sensible question or not- but if the adhesive type protector on the bridge is worn thru?  where the heck do you get them?  hope this isn't a DOH question :)

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Why at Fiddlershop, of course!

http://fiddlershop.com/accesso.....-Protector

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Or it you know anyone who makes hand drums, goat skin drum hide, sanded a bit to smooth and thin it.

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LyleA said
Why at Fiddlershop, of course!

http://fiddlershop.com/accesso.....-Protector

I just knew I would be getting a "DOH!" in here somewhere.  

DOH!

Thanks @LyleA !

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