How to order special strings
Tips on how to re-string instruments
The height of the string above the fingerboard
When to change strings
Tips on how to solve a problem with the e-string
What to avoid when re-stringing an instrument
1. If you put strings on an instrument smaller than the one the strings are designed for, there will be a considerable loss of tension and sound quality. Apart from this, the thicker playing length of the string will end up being wound around the tuning peg, which – especially with thicker strings – will result in damage to the core, loss of tonal quality and strings breaking. This is one of the most common mistakes. Please check out the listing of strings for smaller instruments in our catalogue.
2. If you put strings on an instrument larger than the one the strings are designed for, e.g. on a large viola, it will have the same effect as tuning the string too high, or tuning from the highest to lowest string instead of the other way around. Doing this even once can severely fatigue the string or break it.
3. Sharp edges on the bridge, the nut or the tailpiece will damage the string and can lead to breakage. This can also happen if the channels in the nut are too narrow. Channels have to be of sufficient width and prepared with a little graphite from a soft pencil. Another mistake to avoid when re-stringing the instrument is winding the string improperly around the tuning peg. The correct number of windings is between four and five, without any bending of the string between nut and tuning peg and without jamming it against the peg box.