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Should I change my stings?
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V10L1N
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July 24, 2016 - 11:45 pm
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Hi everyone,

I just purchased a new violin Johnathan Li from Eastman Strings. It's an advanced level violin. It has a 2012 label and came equipt with a 1 tree Despiau bridge and Dominant strings with an Eva P gold E.

So my question is, should I change out the 4 year old strings that have been sitting unplayed for a new set and if I do, should I upgrade the bridge?

 

Thanks guys!

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I'd say yes, you should change the strings. Some steel strings last a year (maybe a year and a half if it's not played much).  Pretty much all brands will be pretty dead after 4. (And if they're synthetic, the lifespan is considerably shorter.)

 

Re the bridge, my first thought would be, change it if it needs it, otherwise don't. If it's warped or bent, then it needs to be changed. If not, I'd say change it only if you think it needs a better quality one. You might want to post a couple or three pictures of the current bridge, to get the opinion of someone better qualified. (I'm fairly new to all this, and no luthier.)

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July 25, 2016 - 7:04 am
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Hi and Welcome to the forum,

 Short and Sweet answer

Change the strings

Keep the bridge

Happy fiddling,

With violins there is no fretting over the music.

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July 25, 2016 - 3:13 pm
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I agree. Change the strings for sure.
What is the condition of the bridge? Is it straight? 1 tree Despiau bridges can be quite good. The more trees the better but that is not to say that the 1 or 2 star bridges are not good.

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July 25, 2016 - 11:49 pm
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Well that settles it!

I'll go ahead and change out and upgrade the strings and the bridge. It's a 4K violin with a 2 star Holstein bow. It deserves the best I can offer.

 

Thanks guys!

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July 26, 2016 - 8:20 am
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Just noticed your username. 🙂
Cool.

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