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Ferret
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These arrived in a set of D'Addario Prelude viola strings I just bought.

Little rubber rings

What are they? dunno

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they are tone filters, click on this link and scroll down to page 15

 

http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib...../sps00.pdf

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Thanks Barry @Barry 

Had never seen them before.

I may have to fit them and see what they do to the sound. Could be interesting. thumbs-up

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If anyone is interested it turns out that some strings come with a "doughnut" (a small rubber ring). It is placed under the string where it crosses the bridge, this is a tone filter and filters out the 'twang' that some thin steel strings have. This ring needs to go on as you are putting tension on the string. exactly

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I have never seen these black rings.  🙂  "I learn something new every day." 

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I remember the first time I saw them in a set... I puzzled over them for quite sometime

dunno

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Good to know, I would have been a bit puzzled if I got them with a set of strings...

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Yep , got some too with a set of strings ...never tried 'em ...violin-1267

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IMAO, they are worthless and should just be tossed but you never know if one of you might find them useful. Their intent is to keep the open string from ringing when a player is bothered by that. I've never experienced that and feel that all the notes are affected by those filters.

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Fiddlerman said
Their intent is to keep the open string from ringing when a player is bothered by that.

I thought open strings ringing sympathetically was supposed to be a good thing.  I use it as a reference for intonation so that I don't need the tuner in practice. 

I wonder why some wouldn't like it. 

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I thought they were little rubber washers for repairing a kitchen faucet that drips.

roflroflroflroflI didn't know.  dunno

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I have something similar on the E string.  I was told it was so that string would not slice through the bridge!!yellow-tube-on-E-string.jpgImage Enlarger

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That is different Schaick. Yes, that keeps the string from slicing through the bridge, though I feel it dampens as well.

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