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Maria
I was about to practice and saw the A string broken,apparently the end ball broke. I have no spare so I took my beading box and flier and fixed it until I get a new one...

Is this okey? 😅
Maria
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Posted: March 20, 2017
Last Comment: March 26, 2017
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Maria
Posted: March 26, 2017
Diane and Bob,

Thank you very much for the detailed explanation, now I know what to do ...

Appreciated all your help, good night...

Diane in SOCAL
Posted: March 25, 2017
The reason your A string might be breaking.
Hi Maria.  bringing this up to the top and hope you see it…it is an explanation from Bob to me to you are possibly why your string keeps breaking.  Hope this helps. 
Stay tuned. Diane and Bob in SoCal

Diane in SOCAL
Posted: March 20, 2017
There is a rough edge on the fine tuner.
Hi…Dianne bought a good point…"I wonder why this is happening to the A string only?"   My guess is that here is a sharp edge that is cutting into the string at this joint. Take a nail file…the course side of a nail file…not a metal one, but the smaller, paper files and run your finger over the edge and see if there is a sharp edge or a small jagged rough spot and file it down with the nail file…use both side of the file..the rougher one and then finish off with the fine side…even if you cannot fell a rough or sharp edge, I would file anyway….see if that works.  Bob does this and it's like magic on the fine tuners that come on some factory made instruments that might not use the best of tailpieces.  If your still having problems have your luthier put a Wittner tailpiece on with build-in fine tuners…these tailpieces are the best, made of hi-impact synthetic material and do not have sharp edges where the ball end rests. 
I hope this helps your problem.  
Stay tuned. Diane in SoCal

Maria
Posted: March 20, 2017


:) oh, that is so true Jaime, necessity is indeed the mother of invention...

I have to really smile, now I know the elementary subject H.E. [home economics]  is a must! That is where I learned how to sew and crochet lol! :) you were so right!

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Dianne,

Thank you

Gut string? hmm, i need to see a picture later I will google it.

When it broke I lost the brass ball it rolled under the heavy furniture, although my hair is long like Daniel I don't possess a strength like his :) so I remember my dtr's ukulele-she just tied the strings in a knot.


Dianne
Posted: March 20, 2017
Nice fix, Maria & Karen! It sort of looks like a gut string now. I wonder why this is happening to the A strings only? Everyone always writes @ the E string.

Jaime - Orlando , Fl
Posted: March 20, 2017
There is a saying in Spanish that translates:" need is the mother of invention" , I'm guessing well known in English too! hehe
Outstanding job Maria! And I know you have excellent skills in crochet.... it shows! :0)

Maria
Posted: March 20, 2017
Lisa,

I'll keep it in mind, next time to shop for strings I'll visit that site you've mentioned---Thanks again.



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lol! Karen, it's your A string too! 

I used a glass bead from my beading box and if u r serious I have a lot to spare and give you :)

Maria
Posted: March 20, 2017
Lisa,

Thank you, played it by ear it's one of the song from Miss Saigon---I'm a Lea Salonga fan! :)


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Karen,

I have a lot, I can give you 3 beads if you want...how to send?

KarenJ
Posted: March 20, 2017

 lol. me too. but I don't have a bead.  Can I borrow one?  ;)

Lisa, Houston-TX
Posted: March 20, 2017
You're a genius.  Who'd have thought of that solution?!?!!?  

I purchase my strings from Fiddlershop.com and they guarantee their strings for 3 months. I'm not sure if that only applies to their name brand or all brands.   You might want to check them out.

Beautiful playing, by the way.

Maria
Posted: March 20, 2017
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Barbara H
Posted: March 20, 2017
You always astonish me with your creativity.  It´s doing a perfect job. It should be ok til you get a new set of strings.