Breaking Strings!

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  • Participant
    unknown-user on #167121

    Hi again

    I’ve had a couple of wire strings break these last few months. It’s been very unexpected as I haven’t noticed any signs of wear and the strings were never particularly out of tune. I was therefore wondering if anyone knew of any ‘obvious signs’ to look out for. I know that the gut strings tend to fray at the disk and produce a dull sound before they break. But I usually find myself jumping out of my skin in the middle of a piece as I push a pedal down and a wire string bangs! I am absolutely terrified of this happening in a concert!

    Grateful for any advice,

    Clare

    Member
    jennifer-buehler on #167122

    Are you giving your bass wires enough slack when replacing them?

    Inactive
    Anonymous on #167123

    How often do you change the wire strings?

    Participant
    unknown-user on #167124

    Thanks for the advice!

    I probably should consider changing the wire strings once a year, or at least with some sort of regularity so I don’t have strings exploding unexpectedly. Although, I don’t think my parents would let me…..harp strings are certainly not cheap!

    Thanks again,

    Clare

    Member
    jennifer-buehler on #167125

    A lot of it depends on how often you play and how much you
    practice.

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