How to change synthetic core violin and viola strings?
- Changing a synthetic core string is no more difficult than changing a steel one. However, if you want to keep your instrument in perfect condition, you need to occasionally correct the bridge position. How to correct the violin bridge
- Synthetic core strings stretch a little during their break-in period. This can cause the bridge to pull forward slightly. This happens with steel core strings as well, but is more pronounced with synthetic and gut core strings.
- Always change strings one at a time. Don't remove all the strings at the same time.
- It is essential to only use the tuning pegs until the strings are fully stabilized. We recommend unwinding any fine tuners so that they are fully extended before fitting a new string set.
- Lubricating the bridge grooves with pencil graphite will help to protect the strings against damage. It will also allow you to correct the bridge position more easily if needed. Lubricating the nut grooves is also recommended as it enables easier tuning with the pegs.
- Always wind the strings from the hole in the peg towards the wall of the pegbox at the peg handle end. The final position of the string should be close to the pegbox wall, although the last coil of the string string should not to be squeezed against the pegbox wall.
- If you need to loosen or remove all of the strings, (for example when changing a tailpiece), there is a risk of the soundpost falling. If you want to avoid this, always put the instrument on it's treble side (laying on the ribs, treble side down) before loosening all the strings. Don't change the position of the instrument until the new strings are at least partly tuned.