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My violin's A-string is fraying (unravelling a bit) near the bridge. Right now, my playing is a little squeaky there but nothing very noticeable. Will this get worse or is it fine to leave the string like this? Is there a string which I can buy which is hard to fray? And how to avoid the fraying of strings in general?

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    Ask anyone who's had a string snap what happened to their left-hand fingers as a result -- you'll replace that string in an instant. – Carl Witthoft Jan 30 '18 at 12:46
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You can get strings that come with a tiny moveable hollow tube that sits on the bridge and allows the string to move as it needs through it, thus helping prevent fraying. I would recommend changing your string sooner rather than later as it is at risk of breaking.

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Perhaps the string is just badly manufactured... this happens sometimes (most often in cheaper strings, but I've also had a few faulty ones where the price should have suggested better quality).

Likely though, the bridge at least contributes a bit as well. The grooves in the bridge should be filed wide and round enough to allow the string to slip a little bit without getting damaged. Might be a good idea to ask a luthier.

In the meanwhile, when you put on a new string yourself (which you certainly should do before any performance!) you can do a little bit against new damage by dry-lubricating the groove with some graphite from a pencil.

  • No, it's a Dominant string, they have worked well with me in the past – Shawn Li Jan 30 '18 at 11:16
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    As I said, branding doesn't guarantee that every single string is perfectly ok. – leftaroundabout Jan 30 '18 at 12:24
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In addition to the previous answers, I would say that no matter how correctly the violin is set up, wound strings will eventually fray and break, usually at the bridge or nut. No string lives forever.

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