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Bohdan Warchal

Do not use cork please.

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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. 

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Thanks for the warning about damage...I didn't find it effective either.  I have used your Amber strings for a few years now and think they are great :)

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Bohdan, that was a great article, by the way. Every bowed instrument played should read it. It confirmed what I've long believed about the detrimental effects of using solvents to clean strings, and enhanced my understanding about why not to. I'd bet that the other major violin website would be happy to post your article as a front page feature. 

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Thanks for posting this info. I do only use a microfiber cloth, but now I'll certainly avoid using cork. I use Warchal strings on both my violin and viola BTW, and recommend them often!

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I have always used a cork to occasionally wipe the rosin off of my strings until Mr. Warchal said this was not a good practice on another website and then I stopped doing it. 

 

A big fan of Warchal strings for many years.

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9 hours ago, Bohdan Warchal said:

We already tried to treat the string, but the priority is grip, so non-adhesive surface is not what we need :-)

Then maybe I'd just treat the core.  That might let you clean the string with solvent.

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The only cork I see anywhere near a fiddle is under the clamps of the chin rest and even that can make a mess. :wacko:

 

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On 10/03/2018 at 4:47 PM, Bill Merkel said:

Then maybe I'd just treat the core.  That might let you clean the string with solvent.

How?

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For a scraper, what about a plastic guitar pick?  Same thickness/hardness as a credit card, but in my case in abundance around the house.  

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On 10. 3. 2018 at 11:47 PM, Bill Merkel said:

Then maybe I'd just treat the core.  That might let you clean the string with solvent.

This is what we have done with Amber W-core®. However, there are also at least two layers of windings that need to stay open. We could seal the gaps of course, but you would certainly not enjoy playing such string...

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I have a set of Ambers on deck to try next! Warchal Brilliants have been my favorite for a while. The E string is certainly different looking and have heard a lot of good reviews for it.

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A debt of gratitude is in order for the notice about damage...I didn't think that its powerful either. I have utilized your Amber strings for a couple of years now and think they are awesome

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24 minutes ago, DavidHickss said:

A debt of gratitude is in order for the notice about damage...I didn't think that its powerful either. I have utilized your Amber strings for a couple of years now and think they are awesome

DavidHickss; Please do not include product links in your posts.  Link removed by edit. Further messages will only be approved if they lack the advertising.

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On the other violin site there are still people saying to clean your violin strings with various solutions such as alcohol or acetone despite all the harmful effects and photographs to show this internal damage. I guess that strings are so expensive people just want to do what is best to get the maximum life out a set. I do thank Mr. Warchal for putting this information out there for everyone to learn from.

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