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  1. Hi colleagues, after publishing the article about strings care and cleaning a few days ago, we have got plenty of e-mails from our customers. They refer we have forgotten to mention cleaning strings by a cork. They were allegedly advised such method on Maestronet. I have to admit we have not included this method, since I did not suppose it could be so popular. In fact, this turned to be the least effective and most string damaging method ever, unfortunately. We will publish more details soon.
  2. I just got a new bridge for my Montagnana cello yesterday and I'm finding out that the height between the end of the fingerboard and the bridge is 7.5mm at the A string and 10mm at the C string. I have Jargar medium gauge strings on the A and D and Spirocore, tungsten wound (also medium gauge) on the G and C. Aside from the string height, the my cello sounds much more beautiful with the new bridge and the only problem is the facility to play it. Should I bring it back to the guy who worked on my cello or just learn to live with the high strings?
  3. I can’t find a chart that shows this yellow and brown string. Based upon thickness for being a C string, I believe it is tungsten. Does anyone have an idea?
  4. Recently I went to my luthier to complain about my cello not resonating properly. He suggested installing a shorter tailpiece so as to "tune" the after-length. I was surprised at what a profound difference this made, but it made me wonder why it took so long to discover, and what is the scientific basis underlying it. Also, if this works for cello, why do we never see other string instruments set up like this? When I looked closely, the majority of the cellists in my orchestra have plastic-type tailpieces which provide a longish afterlength, but all the other string instruments just have
  5. I've recently seen a bow with a very interesting lapping. There was no leather thumb grip (french style?), and the lapping looked like it was made out of a silver lapped "a" string with a silk thread running thoughout. I would have never noticed if it hadn't started coming off at the end. Has anyone else seen this type of lapping? It seemed fairly innovative and i may try to replicate it.
  6. What habits do players have when it comes to the selection of strings for their instrument?
  7. Hi everybody I've been playing around with luthiery for a couple of years. Nothing big, just restored a couple of violins, rehaired some bows, done some setups and is just about to be done with my very first instrument built from scratch. It's just an electric guitar, but it's a nice one and it's a start. Now here's the thing: I'm a cellist. I can play a lot of strings, but I want to have an instrument that I've worked on that I can play a little more seriously than violins and guitars, partly so I can see if the things I do actually feels right if you're a more experienced player.
  8. Hello - I have recently had 2 strings in a row start to unravel, weaken, and eventually "crack" in half where they go over the nut. No, I do not have a sharp spot on the nut... I obsessively felt and looked for anything sharp. This also is a violin that I had some nut work done on a few years ago and I have never had this problem before. I changed strings, and it just randomly started happening out of the blue. After the first string broke, I lubricated the replacement string and nut with soft 0.9 lead pencil and the same thing is happening. It is a Pirastro Evah Pirazzi A. Still sounds
  9. I ordered a new Dominant silver D string online. The thread at the end which inserts into the tailpiece was all bunchy and weird, and it looked like the string was sort of misshapen there, as well. I'm thinking this is a used string they sent me? Or do they sometimes just come with bunchy thread?
  10. I notice here (and have seen it on modern instruments too) that string spacing on the bridge is not always the standard 11.5mm. D and A are sometimes closer. True? If so why? Thanks folks.
  11. Hello everyone, This is my first post here. I'm asking around to see what the community thinks about an idea I have. I'm making strings that have a unique piezoelectric winding in them, which means that the string can sense its own vibration and convert it to an electrical signal. These strings could replace conventional pickup systems and possibly produce a sound that is more 'acoustic' than current technology can create. What do you think of this idea? Would you buy a set and use them? One opinion I have noted is that a lot of players may think that a novel technology such as thi
  12. Complete Edit: Does viola vibrating string length correspond with viola body size? Or are the 2 different? Based on what do you choose the correct viola string length? Thank you.
  13. The thing is that every afternoon, as I tune my violin before playing, I must rise the A pitch. When I take the pitch with a digital tuner it's always at about 438 - 439Hz and then I rise it to 440Hz...but next day is the same again. As I changed the A string two months ago, I thought at first some stretching (past the first week) was normal but it seems now a never ending stretch! -No matter if the relative humidity rises or drops, on the 90% of the days the pitch is lower. I also thought that perhaps I could have not properly wound the string end around the peg and it could be sl
  14. I started a review site at Please help build this site up by leaving a post, or uploading a string package picture. I personally am giving away a free set of stings or your choice to a random person who leaves a review (Ending May 15th). I hope this site will become a large part of the string community in the future.
  15. I have decided to make a new string color ID reference guide. I need to alter some things already, but I cannot do it until I get home tonight. I plan to make the beads match the actual colors on the peg ends as well. (Ex.I believe all of Pirastro is black). I want to keep this up to date, and extremely accurate. If you have any changes that need to be made, or news ones that I have forgotten please let me know. Pictures would be amazing because I could just match hose specific colors. Thank you.