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Broke a string today
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MrYikes
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Broke an a string today while swapping strings between two violins.  It was a week old Yehudi steel a string.  It broke at the nut but the fault was my inattention.  I was watching the tuner which must have had a problem, for it was showing g so I kept cranking.  I even told  myself that it was sounding high when snap.  Doncha jus hate when that happens?
The good news is that these strings cost $2,,the lesson I learned was priceless,,,I mean if'n I can remember it.

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October 16, 2014 - 7:54 am
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The tuners are good to a certain degree but I have known users who can't hear the difference between octaves either and tune an octave above. There is almost no string which will make it but it's a good idea to compare to other strings as well or use my online tuner to make sure you are not on a G above the A for example.
Not saying that you did that, just making a comment that could save someone else from doing this in the future. Also, some tuners tell you which octave you are playing on while others do not.

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Now, if you were the superstitious sort, you could be glad that you don't play a harp.  Breaking a harp string is supposed to be a sign of an entire season of bad luck.

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LOL or even worse,,,if I were to break one of my wife's dulcimer strings, I wouldn't trust eating dinner here for 6 months.

BTW, I had problems with the e string also.  It lost its threading and would not hold in the peg hole, kept slipping out so I replaced both with a cheap perlon on a and the e that came with that perlon set, but kept the g and d of the steel set and together they sound pretty good

 

And I think playing violin is turning me into a wuss.  I hurt my index finger tuning the d string.  Couldn't play, had to quit for the night  Strained it I guess.

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MrYikes said

The good news is that these strings cost $2,,the lesson I learned was priceless,,,I mean if'n I can remember it.

 

Well.. Maybe 2$ strings isn't really that good for news.  While I am not a believer that the most expensive will always be the best, I have found it to be a pretty safe bet that the cheapest can at least be close to the worst.  There is some difference in how different brands or types of strings sound, and it can be much harder to get a good sound out of some strings than others. 

Just as a thought, you might want to consider treating yourself sometime to a moderately higher priced set, and seeing if you feel there is a difference that is maybe worth the difference in cost.

"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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Thanks Dan, I have some ProArte, Prelude and Zyex.  I'm spending this first year trying out different stuff.  Once I find what I want I will stick with it probably forever.  My drums were bought in 65 and my ghost pedal in 69 and I never found a reason to change.  So if I don't try these cheap things now, I'll always wonder what they sound like.

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A month or so ago I thought the batteries in my tuner were going out.  I tuned and thought it was weird - I usually don't have to tune every string or move them much and old Berty sounded very odd when I was done.  Berty usually sounds great so I knew it wasn't Berty - must be my tuner.  

I went to Jam - who knew tuners could be used to tune in different keys!!  I had dropped my tuner and unknown to me was tuning my violin to some weird key of B!!

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Now you know for the future. :) Which string did you break?

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