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My E string broke 2 days before the Christmas project was due (35 minutes after my last post). With work having me out of town for a few days and all the Christmas activities here, I was just not able to get my strings replaced. I order the Dominant set from the Fiddlershop. When I got home from work today, they were here (3 days from Florida to Oregon). So, I did my best at installation. It took me about 5 minutes to get them on and partially tuned, watching the videos and some common sense. I took another 5 minutes to align the pegs so I will not hit my hand/fingers on the peg while playing the E string.

 

I don't know what the future holds for my violin playing, but the difference in string sound is pretty resounding. I had Zyex on them when I purchased the instrument. Just before the E broke there was a dull dis-coloration along the E string and the D. The G string, after I removed it, was unwinding at the colored leader. Probably stressed and failure imminent, if I had to guess. I think my tuning is a tad bit off key right now, but I'll keep playing it and tuning it over the next 2 days or so. I'll see if I can record something and post it here when these strings are finished stretching.

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did you take a pencil and lube the string grooves on the bridge and nut ?

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No, but when I was slowly tightening the thumb screws, I mean tuning with the pegs, they "popped" into place with a wonderful click sound I thought certainly broke something.

 

It seems to be in tune right now. For the first 30 minutes, I was rturning it about avery 5 minutes it seemed. The A and D mostly. Should I remove them and graphite the slots or just leave it?

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It sounds like that "pop" you heard was from the ball end of the string settling into the saddle on the fine tuner.  That's happened to me a few times when I didn't watch that end of the string when tightening.  

The next time you change strings (or if you feel like loosening your strings again), you may want to take a pencil and "color in" the string groove on your bridge.  The graphite from a pencil acts like a lubricant and keeps friction to a minimum when tightening/loosening strings.  With the E string being so thin, lack of lubrication can cause it to drag and eventually snap. .....a lesson I learned the hard way! LOL  

 

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I'll reseat them with the graphite tonight on my after midnight practice. I've not practiced in so long, I hope I remember where the reed goes and how much lube to put on the violin valves. ;)

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Ive been unable to locate my violin valve, im sure if I could get some lube on it I'd play much better

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I did notice my bridge shifted slightly, by moved back in place without much trouble. One of my pegs was sticking (that caused the break when I over torqued it in order to get it to rotate). I cleaned the peg off while I had it out and it no longer sticks now.

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Barry said
Ive been unable to locate my violin valve, im sure if I could get some lube on it I'd play much better

devil-violin

roflroflolrofl

 

......but then again.....there IS a Trumpet-Violin! devil-violin  I really want to try one!!

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I once ran into a guy busking with a similar one at a park in Sweden and ended up playing it. My expression is kind of crazy but here's a picture.

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Did it actually project more sound ?  dunno

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nice horn....uhm......violi.....trumpe.... uhmm

let me check on this...

 

percussion...no

woodwin ... no

stringed.... yes

brass/bell ... yes

 

I'll keep working on my violin hahah. (no idea where the smileys are now)

 

After my practice last night, I did loosen the strings 1 at a time and graphite the slots. It didn't seem to make any difference in tuning or playability. Maybe the strings already stretched from last night and are good now. I just tuned it a few minutes ago and only the A was slightly off. I always tune by ear for all 4 strings. I then always 1/5 tune to the A string. After that, I always check my 4th finger and the next open for finger placement. It May be over kill, I don't know. It does seem to work for me. I'll see if I can throw something together tonight or tomorrow as my first recording (and with my new strings) and post it here for scrutiny.

 

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A good set of strings really don't take too long to settle!  My zyex setting in by the 3rd day of playing! :D

 

Pierre, that is AWESOME!!!!  Really......how did it sound?!?  I may have to put one of those on my Christmas list!

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x_Tyberius_x - There is now a button to the left that says "Smileys".
Hit that button and the smileys will collapse down for your selection. Makes it quicker to find the "Submit" button.

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http://www.ebay.com/itm/Stroh-.....3f202b594b

 

Here's one for sale on ebaythumbs-up

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Heres a video. Interesting sound.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....MTHX0BsunE

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Oh wow! It has that old "20's" radio sound to it!!!  That's so cool!  .....too bad I just blew the last of my "allowance" at Fiddlershop on 2 different orders! LOL  Maybe next month! :D

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So, we now have 3 categories of violins.

1: Accoustic

2: Electric

3: Eccentric tongue

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I'll have to get some in stock. smile I have time for you to rebuild your allowance maybe....

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