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With a new E string, I usually tune to a little above E, like F or F# then drop it down to D# or D and bring it up to pitch. (As has already been mentioned, you always tune strings up to pitch, ever down) I feel that going a little above first helps to get the string "stretched in" a little sooner.
Been playing violin for over 3 yrs now, and I have yet to break a string putting them on or playing. I have had one string break while the instrument was in the case and it was one of the wound ones.
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