I just took 3 of the fine tuners off my violin and replaced my steel D'Addario Helicore strings with a set of Fiddlerman Synthetic stings. So far they sound pretty good, but I'm wondering how long a new set of strings takes to break in and hold a somewhat steady tune. Of course I still tune every day before I play, but I'd like to play for at least an hour or two before I have to retune.
This is my first re-string, and I'm new to the world of violins, so I thought I would ask here what is a typical break in period for new strings. I know on guitars it can take a few days of playing and stretching before the strings are stable, but wasn't sure about violins.
My experience with all the synthetic brands I've tried has been similar: typically it takes 2-3 hours of playing for the tuning to become stable, but typically there's a metallic edge to the sound that takes longer (anywhere from 5 to 10 hours) to fully disappear. Usually the sound is acceptable for a rehearsal by the time the tuning is stable, but I wouldn't want to perform on it for a few more days.
Steel strings tend to break in faster than synthetics. My violin E and viola A strings (both typically steel even in synthetic sets) tend to be completely stable in both tuning and tone quality by the second day. I have no experience with gut strings.