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Curious. When new strings are strung up and takes a few days to settle in to the desired tone, is it simply a matter of the string stretching, or does it require playing.

If stretching, one can simply get a cheap violin and pre-stretch strings on it correct? Or is the string maturing through being played and perhaps being aged by interacting with the acids/oils from the player's fingertips?

Curious.

Josh

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It's about stretching, you can speed up the process a little by tuning up the G,D, and A by a semitone.

Infeld red stretch quick, dominants don't. Etc.

ACTUALLY, BEN, SEVERAL TOP MANUFACTURERS WARN TO NEVER DO THIS !!!!

A string breaks-in when the winding opens up little, and really good strings are designed for this. If you purposely tune high, the windings can open up a little too much, and the string will then never sound as it was intended. Ask the techs at Thomastik or Infield, they're tho ones who told me.

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Curious. When new strings are strung up and takes a few days to settle in to the desired tone, is it simply a matter of the string stretching, or does it require playing.

If stretching, one can simply get a cheap violin and pre-stretch strings on it correct? Or is the string maturing through being played and perhaps being aged by interacting with the acids/oils from the player's fingertips?

Curious.

Josh

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Without doing a lot of research I would say to play safe is best cause of action. Tune it often when the strings as necessary expecailly when it is new, say every 15 min of playing.

Why? save money.The money you save can be used for other fun,

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