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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 fine, but with tuning and playing I worry it will need replacement in a few weeks like the last string, and I am afraid of it randomly breaking during a performance. Did I just get a bad batch of strings? Something randomly change with my nut? Or another issue I need to look into? Hoping this is something I can fix myself and be my first "violin repair" haha!
Hi, Just wondering if there is a specific reason a viola string would unravel here right in the middle between nut and neck body. It's not near the nut or bridge, so no sharp points could have damaged it. The string is a Warchal Karneol. To be fair, I've had this string on for over a year, so it definitely does not bother me that it broke now. Just wondering if there is a specific reason for it to unravel in such a strange place. The rest of the string is perfectly fine. No damage/unraveling anywhere else. Thank you.