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    Tracye
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    How often should you change your strings and how do you know when it is time to change the strings?

    #2007 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    This answer can differ from teacher to teacher. In my book, I made some time frame suggestions based on the amount of time you practice, type of strings you have, and the type of player you are. There are some strings that last longer than others, but that doesn’t have anything to do with string quality. Steel strings are more durable, but don’t sound as good as synthetic strings (Dominant, Obligato). The better the string (in general), the less time they last.

    Take each factor into consideration below to come up with a time frame to replace your strings. Hope this helps!

    Factor #1 – Practice Time
    1 hour per week – Change strings once every 2 years
    2 hours per week – Change strings once a year
    3 hours per week – Change strings once every 9 months
    4+ hours per week – Change strings once every 6 months

    Factor #2 – Type of strings
    Steel strings – Add 6-12 months to your time frame
    Dominant strings – Add 3 months to your time frame
    Obligato strings – Subtract 3 months from your time frame

    Factor #3 – Style of player
    Gentle Player (very light bow – wispy sound) – Add 3 months to your time frame
    Aggressive (digs into strings – grittier sound) – Subtract 3 months from your time frame

    #2502 Reply

    khiavdim
    Participant

    I have a similar question-ish. I TRIED to change my strings recently because they are about 2-3 years old. HOWEVER, my bridge fell even though I changed the string one by one on opposite sides. Now I can’t get it back on properly. I’m able to put all the strings on again with the bridge upright but when I go to tune the strings, the bridge falls again when I get to the E string. HELP!

    #2505 Reply

    Vintage9
    Participant

    As you replace each string, try looking at the bridge position in relation to the violin body, it should be perpendicular. The bridge feet should also be flat or flush against the violin. Same thing when you tune each string,check the angle of the bridge at the feet and at the top. Over time, some bridges can warp or bend if not maintained at a perpendicular angle and make it more susceptible to falling over as the pressure from the strings is pushing down on the bridge.

    #2509 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    Good advice from vintage! Another tip would be to just hold on to the bridge as you turn the pegs. To get leverage, put the violin between your legs otherwise it is hard to get enough push into the peg box to make the pegs stick. By having the violin between your legs and holding the bridge, you should be able to have more confidence tightening without worrying about the bridge collapsing. You could also have a bridge issue as Vintage is saying. Make sure the wood of the bridge is unbent, otherwise you may need to get a new bridge. Most the time though it is just a matter of holding the bridge while tuning the pegs.

    #2538 Reply

    Cynthia
    Participant

    This also happened to me! I put the bridge back on and it stayed upright but I could not tune it. After about half hour I was very frustrated. I took a closer look at lesson 3 and saw that I had the bridge on the wrong way. I had the downward curve of the bridge on the wrong side. I fixed that but I am having a hard time tuning it. I’m going to keep trying to tune it but if I can’t I’m going to have to take it somewhere to have it tuned.

    #2598 Reply

    Nicole
    Participant

    That string-changing guide is really helpful!! Thanks!

    #2732 Reply

    Michael Sanchez
    Keymaster

    I actually have a suggestion video from Youtube that will hopefully help. This video shows you how to setup a violin bridge after collapse.

    #2826 Reply

    Laffesta
    Participant

    I’m glad to read here that I’m not alone. It happened to me too. I bought a new violin and started tuning it. And the bridge fell. Oh, I really thought it’s a catastrophe and I destroyed my new (and not so cheap) violin. After that I read a sheet of guarantee they gave me in the shop where it was written that the bridge hollds only with the help of strongs. So I loosened all the strings, put the bridge where Ifind it suitable (not quite sure about the exact correctness of the place) and tuned using the pegs and fine tuners. Everything is ok now. But at first I really thought I had to go to a specialist to repair my violin.
    Telling the truth having an experience of tuning the guitar (where the pegs don’t move whatever you do with them) at first I could not realize how the pegs work in the violin. They start to get back when you don’t hold them. It took me half an hour to find that there are certain spots where the pegs are held safely. Unfortunately no one speaks about this feature of the pegs in their videos. And it is really important, because when you first take the violin and don’t know how to twist and tighten the pegs correctly, you have a chance of ruining your first instrument.

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