Any fellow violinists out there? I’m attempting to restring my violin, since it’s been ages since I’ve done so, and all of my strings have gone false, and I’d like to be able to not sound like crap while I practice in preparation for playing at my brother’s wedding. The thing is…I just can’t seem to get the, um…well, if I say which string it is, I’ll get all sorts of interesting google hits…it’s the lowest one, we’ll leave it at that. Here is where it is supposed to go:
I only have a fine-tuner on my E-string, so the rest of my strings have ball-ends (the wrapping goes around a metal ring at the end):
The wrapping at the end of these new strings is thicker than the wrapping on the old strings, and while I got the A-string to pop into place, I’m failing with this one:
The process is absolutely killing my hands, because my joints have been pretty achy recently. As soon as I stop pressing against the ball end to hold it in place, it snaps out, stinging whatever part of me it happens to come into contact with in the process. Fun!
Any tips? Back in the day, I would’ve brought it into my teacher, and had her take care of it for me, but now that I’m all grown up (and live halfway across the country from her), that’s not an option. Bah.