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Help Stringing a Cecilio Electric from zero
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Timetuner
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November 11, 2012 - 9:38 pm
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Bridge is down, completely unstrung, and the string set I bought from the music store were too big to fit into the hooks at the base.

I figured I'd ask around here before I pry the hooks open and make sure that wouldn't mean completely destroying the violin.

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Some shots of the violin in its current state. IMAG0308.jpgImage EnlargerIMAG0301.jpgImage EnlargerIMAG0297.jpgImage Enlarger

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This is how I have mine set up.  Hope it helps.

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Loop end ?     dunno   The way it look's in the picture, the same fine tuner is used for all four string's and they don't appear split. They look like they are for loop end application with the E string.

Look at how Dan's have two prong's the string slip's between.  I wouldn't go doing any prying on them, either call the supplier of the violin or purchace new tuner's at the music shop.  They are not that expensive.

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November 12, 2012 - 7:19 am
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Hey Timetuner,

Welcome to the forum. You have nothing to fear. At the factory they often place the strings in the groove then pinch the ends so that the strings will stay in place while they set the string ends into the pegs. This is of course wrong and they shouldn't do it but it won't be a problem.

Simply pry the ends with a knife (or similar) carefully so that you don't spread them more than necessary risking metal fatigue where the prong can break, and so that you don't cut yourself or the fiddle.

Also you may get some help from this video:

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

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Maybe I'm not seeing something, but it doesn't look like there is a split in it. If there were string's on it originally, why would someone remove the string's then pinch them back together again knowing they would have to replace them with the same type string. There is no sign of ball end type string's ever being used, to my eye's anyway.

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What happens here is like Fiddlerman says but one other thing to remember. Cecilio use cheap steel strings which are thinner than composite strings and the fine tuners have to be opened up a bit. I have been through this many times now even with some new cheap fine tuners.

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Well, I believe they are just very hard to see from those pictures but it is possible that you are right Fiddlestix. It's rare that they put fine tuners without a split prong on the electric violins though.

If Fiddlestix is right you need to purchase strings with loop ends or take a needle-nose pliers and bend the ball in two directions till it breaks apart to remove it. After that you can just use the loop that was around the ball.

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