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Yesterday I restrung my Gewa because the A string's winding had broken where I finger the B. Those were Dominants with a solid E string. They lasted 13 months. Not bad! I restrung it with Dominants with a wound E string. It seems that I could aim to restring annually, even if no string is damaged, at the current rate of play. I am led to believe that the wound E string may not last that long, but I have a spare. It is also possible that a spare A string may be sensible, as the fatter the string, the longer it lasts, as a rule.
I would restring long before the strings reach the point of having visible damage to the winding. The strings start to sound dull and the response slows down over time. Also, replacing strings when they are still playable (even if not at their best) allows you to keep old strings as emergency backups that are already stretched and don't need to be broken in.
On an average of about an hour a day of practice time, I typically replace all four strings every 6 months, which is about the point where there is a noticeable mismatch between the viola D and A strings and it becomes noticeably harder to play fast passages cleanly on the C and G strings.
I change my strings when they begin to sound dull (I seem to notice it first on the A string), about every 6-7 months. I use Obligato G, D (silver wound), A (aluminum wound), & Jargar E. I practice about 10 hours a week. However, I think a lot of variables go into when you need to change the strings beyond hours used, like string material, climate, how you play, etc.,.
Gordon Shumway said
The downside to changing strings is that the new ones sound hideously brash. The wound E seems twice as loud as the solid E. And I've already bought another replacement set of Dominants. Maybe I should have bought something sweeter just to experience the difference.
Just play them longer. Every synthetic string set I've ever tried has sounded brash and metallic for a few days before settling into its normal tone.
It's time to restring my Fiddlerman Master and after seeing many professional players recommending Evah Pirazzi gold strings, I'm thinking of trying a set. Has anyone tried using them on the Master? I really don't care about the cost, I just want the best sound. My strings are Kaplan Amo, and are starting to sound dull even after cleaning. They're a year old, so I guess it's time. Any Evah string users out there? Thanks,
- When I play, it brings tears to people's eyes.
- (They usually start crying when I open my violin case.)
The Evah Pirazzi gold strings are beautiful, I have them on my fiddle right now, finally wore out my vision solos (thought they were never going to die, they are pretty awesome too!)
Love the Evahs tho, you never know til you try them, I love them!
Yep, Grandpafiddle, you won’t know exactly what a string sounds like on your fiddle until you try it. You can get a rough idea of the generalities from others on how they work for them.
That said, I have not used a whole set, but I have used the E string on two violins and love that E string on both violins. One violin is brighter than rhe other, but the Evah E sounds great, to me, on both violins. I have used the whole set on a cello, and loved them on that cello.
Not sure how much that helps.
On the violin E and the cello set, they seemed to hold steady great from the get go. I think that it is referred to as “breaking in”?