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Alternatives to e string parchment

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Does anyone do anything different to prevent e strings digging into the bridge? (besides the bridges with ebony inserts, or the little tubes that are on strings). Just curious. Anything to apply to the groove to make it a bit harder?

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I roll the top of the bridge over a drop of thin CA (Krazyglue) glue. Let it set for a minute then roll over a paper towel.

I also use archival grade Tyvek glued to the bridge under the E string.

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I have put in small chunks of ebony, or white plastic (guitar nut/saddle material), as well as Delrin.  Unfortunately, I haven't found any glue that sticks well to Delrin, so the inserts tended to pop out.  One attempt to solve this problem was to drill a <1mm diameter hole vertically in the bridge, and turn down a piece of Delrin to fit.  

All of those things are a lot of work, so my current method is to just glue a tiny strip of parchment to the top of the bridge. Effective, easy, and conventionally acceptable. How boring.

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Thanks guys. Oded, how long does just the super glue last.

I have no problem with parchments in general But I convinced myself that gut Es work better without parchment, and I'd like to be able to switch between strings from time to time on one of my fiddles.

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3 minutes ago, pawsplus said:

What is wrong with just using the little plastic tube thing that comes with the E string? :-)

Good question, to be honest I never even tried them,  for 30+ years I've just been removing them, always used parchment. I'm trying to think if I even know anyone who uses them and I'm coming up blank.

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Super glue lasts a very long time on the A, D & G less so on the E. But you can re-apply as often as you like. The Tyvek seems to have a minimal effect on the sound IMHO.

 

Oded

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The tubes work ok but if they overhang into the bowed area they tend to dampen the string (somethimes that's a good thing ;-) so I keep the edge of the tube at the same plane as the front of the bridge so that none of the tube overhangs into the bowed area.

 

Oded

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28 minutes ago, pawsplus said:

What is wrong with just using the little plastic tube thing that comes with the E string? :-)

The string eventually slices through the little tube in my experience. 

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Have you tried gluing a small patch of parchment to the bridge? 

It has a lot of resistance, it is small, nearly invisible and replaceable.

Regards,

Juan

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2 hours ago, Juan Tavira said:

Have you tried gluing a small patch of parchment to the bridge? 

It has a lot of resistance, it is small, nearly invisible and replaceable.

Regards,

Juan

I believe this thread is about alternatives to that. 

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Funny, one aspect of the violin I never ever thought about, parchment on e and viola a I always took as a given, probably because it works so well. But maybe it doesn't all the time.

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I have several fiddles with Prim Orchestra strings, and none of them have ever had any problem with an E string digging into the bridge. If one did then I'd try one of these techniques to stop it. But I'd never bother to do it pre-emptively. And I hate those little plastic sleeves, which are too soft to do the job in the first place. I've had them rattle when I left them on the after length so now I remove them.

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