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How To Make Your Violin Strings Last Longer


There are many factors which may shorten the lifespan of a set of strings. Thankfully there are a few simple steps you can take to help get the longest possible use out of your strings.

String Selection: You can take a huge step to maximise a lengthy and rewarding playing experience before the strings are even out of the packet. Your choice of strings itself is really important. As well as sounding tinny and thin, poorly manufactured strings are weaker and more prone to breaking. The cheaper metal used can impact how quickly they corrode as well as how well they stay in tune.

We realise that there is a huge range of string types available and this can be a little overwhelming but if you have any questions our experienced and knowledgeable staff are always happy to help guide you to the best fit for you.

Fitting: When we talk about wear on violin strings we are really talking about damage of various types. However, many violin strings are damaged before even a note has been played. When fitting your strings it is really important to be careful not to put kinks or bends in the strings. While this damage may not result in the string breaking at that moment, it weakens the string and leaves it vulnerable to breaking. For the same reason it is not recommended that you re-fit violin strings that have previously been removed from an instrument (except in the case of an emergency).

If you would like any tips on fitting your violin strings feel free to check out our How Video here. We also offer a string fitting service in store.

Cleaning: It will come as no surprise to hear that the biggest cause of wear to your strings comes from playing them. Much of that is because of residue left on your strings from your fingers (oils, skin etc) and even from a build up of rosin from the bow. There are a few really easy measures you can employ to reduce the impact of this. Firstly, washing and drying your hands before playing ensures that you're not transferring any unnecessary matter onto the strings in the first place. Try also to avoid using too much rosin on your bow as prevention is always better than a cure. Secondly, wiping down your strings after use takes away any unwanted material leaving the strings sounding brighter than they otherwise would. Also, leaving your strings clean and dry means the will not corrode as quickly.

Storage: Much like your violin itself your strings will respond to their enviroment so it is a good idea to keep your violin safely in its case. It is best to keep spare strings in their packet. If you use gut strings these will not enjoy big changes in moisture levels. They will become brittle in very dry conditions. For the care of your violin and strings in is a good idea to get hygrometer for your case if it doesn't have one fitter already. This will alow you to keep an eye on moisture levels.

If you would like any tips on spotting the signs that your strings have seen better days click here to read our How Long Should My Violin Strings Last post.

 By Tom McShane



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