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Mad_Wed
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Hi everybody! That what happened to my A string:A_string.jpgImage Enlarger

I will not ask of what to do with it - it's obvious. But i'd really like to know what could possibly be a couse of it to prevent it in future. It couldn't be damaged by some accident or uncareful treatment. It appeared right in the middle of my practice from nowhere... My nails are short and there's no chance to touch the string with them even if i'd tried to do it intentionally.. This "things" is right on D natural on A string - no shifting available now duncecap

I hope that it won't happend to anybody of you, guys, but maybe somebody had a similar experience?

Thank You!

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Did you make the fiddle fairies mad?

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It could have been just a weak spot in the metal of the winding that came apart and has started to unwind.  It happens sometimes with wound strings on any instrument, but not often.  

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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I have had that happen and very shortly after the string broke right at that point. I think it's the perlon core breaking underneath and when that happens the winding goes. I may just be the fiddle farries though.

 

Fire up that fiddle girl.

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LOL! Fiddle fairies! I knew it!

Thanks, guys!

And You are right, Kevin - those are the perlon core strings duncecap

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Yikes! I hope those weren't new strings.

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That's terrible Naska!  But unless you have roommates who own fingernail files and aren't afraid to use them (on anything), sounds like Kevin is exactly right.

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Naska! That is D unnatural, a new note in music, an accidental.  To have that note in one's A string, he/she should do lots of 'colle' bowing.  Just joking.  If you have a spare string, change it.  Or give the violin a "A break".

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I used to get that on my Dominant aluminum D string every 4-6 weeks. For some reason, my finger acid is just very damaging and this is what happens. You probably have the same problem. Do you play in a warm environment? Ever play with sweaty fingertips? What kind of strings are you using? Fortunately, the A string is not that expensive. You can mix a steel A string with perlon G and D since the E string is a steel one anyway.

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Funny you should post this now. Coincidentally, I changed my strings today (to Zyex) and when I went to change the A string I noticed several nicks or notches on the string just above the nut. It looked a lot like the photo you posted, though not quite as dramatic.

I'm guessing that the string was going to break soon, so I'm glad that I changed them. I hadn't noticed the marks before, but this makes me think that I should inspect the strings every now and them.

I like the Zyex strings, BTW.

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Ok something else to stress about now, besides humidity lol. FM your fingers really can sweat while playing violin? It never happened to me is it a normal thing or uncommon?

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I've only had one string do that and in the area where I played.  This exposed sharp edges and my bow got a "hair cut" before I knew it.

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Wow Oliver, that could get expensive......

NV - Not that uncommon but it doesn't happen all that often either. Happens when I play outdoors with my tux or tails and it is warm outside.

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LoL! You guys are funny!rofl

@fiddlerguy: My hands sweat quite rare dunno especially fingers..duncecap I'm using Pro-Arte by D'Addario - J56. Put them on about 4 months ago... dunno Still thinking that those are FiddleFairies confused

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Mad_Wed said
 My hands sweat quite rare  especially fingers..

What about during your recital? No death grip on the neck? not that I intend in any way to discount fiddle fairies

[fiddle fairies please be nice to me!beg

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Di, don't get the fiddle farries mad at you.  THEY DO EXIST

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Can a string break and hit you in the face?b-slap

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A very special prank is when the tailpiece stirrup breaks or slips. 

It's really neat to see the tailpiece and strings and bridge form an instant decoupage  in free space. 

(Remember to duck.)

 

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Yeah! It can happen.

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Don't scare everyone Suresh... LOL
You can get hit by lightning too. smile

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