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Yesterday I was just playing as usual I do, sudderly the E string was broken !!
My strings are Obligato and I just bought them 4 months ago, and I play around 1 hour every day, so I would like to know that if this is normal o not.

The second thing is, today I went to buy it (E String), I came home and I tried to put it in the violin I was already trying to tune the string I think I was around D5#, I tied a little more......
and IT WAS BROKEN again !!! so I obviously imagine that a I tied to much even that a felt that I just did a little, I feel so frustated it was not so cheap the string.

Thank you.

5 Responses
Posted: October 28, 2011
Last Comment: October 29, 2011

Posted: October 29, 2011
Thank you Beth, I feel so much better.

Simon, good tips I will follow them thanks!!!

This all information, it will help me next time with the string.

Beth Blackerby
Posted: October 28, 2011
Good point Frank.  I had a breaking E string problem, and it was because I was using a loop end E string. The little hook that held the string was sharp and kept cutting through the loop. David, it is not unusual at all for E strings to break. They are pretty thin, and thank goodness are cheap! Make sure you have a wounds E string. They are probably a bit sturdier.

Posted: October 28, 2011
Hi David - a couple of tips I've picked up:

(1) Check the angle of the string as it goes over the nut to the peg and make sure it's not rubbing on any hard edges

(2) Use a soft pencil (2B) and rub it in the groove of the nut (and the notches in the bridge) to help lubricate and allow the string to slide more freely when tuning.

Strings breaking in the same place often indicates something rubbing causing it to break.

Good luck!

Posted: October 28, 2011
Hello Frank,

Thank you for your answer, I checked and the breaking point is really similar in both strings, up close to the nut, so perhaps there is a problem like you say. The strange thing is that now I put Prelude string to play for a while and this case I could do it, it did not break !!

Thank you.

Frank M
Posted: October 28, 2011
Hello David:

Can you describe where the string is breaking? If up near the nut it could be that there is a sharp edge there that needs to be dressed by a luthier.

If it is breaking at the bridge or tailpiece the problem might be at those locations.