I changed my A-string on my violin due to accumulated damage (over 1 year of playing) about a week ago. Now the new A-string has tiny dings and what looks like slight unraveling. The damage seems to be localized to the lower fingerboard (near 1st position) and the bowing area. Why would this be happening?
My old strings were Dominants, as installed by the maker/seller of the violin. The new A-string is a Jargar -- this is my first trial of this brand; they were suggested to me by a fiddle-playing friend as being a "better" sound (he didn't know the terms warmer or brighter) for my style of fiddle. Is this an issue with the Jargar strings, and should I avoid them in future? In any case, I believe I will be contacting the retailer of the strings. They have been in my case for 4 months prior to use, in the packets they were shipped in.
UPDATE - I used the G-string from the same set for another violin, and it's showing dings as well. It could be this set or the brand, I suppose.