Posted in Fiddle Resources and Tools, Learning to Play Fiddle

Changing Violin Strings

New bridge and changing strings

The big project of this weekend was to accomplish three things:

  • Change the bridge
  • Change the strings
  • Apply peg compound

Changing out the bridge wasn’t too difficult. My goal was to get a self-adjusting bridge so that I could ensure the feet of the bridge were flush with the violin. The bridge feet can pivot and swivel just slightly in this particular make, which seemed to work just the way I hoped. Otherwise, you have to figure out how to file and shape the bridge — there are a lot cheaper bridges out there than the one I bought, but I was shooting for something I could put on with little hassle. So far, it’s worked the way I hoped.

Then I had to learn how to change the actual strings. I already knew that you don’t take all the strings off at once when you change them. The idea is that there needs to be some strings still on the bridge for the bridge to be putting pressure down on the sound post to keep it in place.

Actually changing strings wasn’t too hard. Here’s the video I watched to get the job done:

A lot of professionals seem to swear by Dominant brand strings, but I was just looking for something within a lower price range to replace the cruddy strings that came with my kit. Preludes were also well-rated and seemed geared towards a student learner, so I went with a set of those.

While I changed my strings, I took the opportunity to do two things:

  • Put graphite on the nut
  • Apply peg compound

You can just use a regular No 2 pencil to scribble some graphite on the string groove on the nut. I hear that helps the string move with less friction.

Peg compound is something you put around the part of the tuning peg that fits into the peg hole. The kind I got looks a bit like a brown tube of lipstick. It’s made to both lubricate and keep the peg from slipping to keep the string in tune. So far, I have seen a noticeable difference for my G, D, and A strings. Once the new strings stretched a bit, they’ve actually stayed in tune well. The E string… well, that’s another story that I’m going to have to figure out.

With all these improvements to my violin, I felt I was finally able to sit down and spend less time fighting with the instrument and more time progressing and learning. The whole process has certainly taught me a lot about the instrument!

Posted in FFXIV, Gaming, MMORPGs

FFXIV: Kirin Obtained!

I talked about how Syn and I were working on farming old primals for pony drops — which was something neither of us really planned on doing, but just happened (thanks to FC folks). We’ve been plinking away at it here and there, but finally finished it up last night.

Ifrit and Leviathan were our last two fights. Ifrit was fairly easy, though you have to space out your damage because there’s an enrage mechanism if you try to tank and spank him. So that took a while because we couldn’t just mow him down.

Leviathan was a little more tricky due to the shield, adds and ability to fall off the raft. But by the time we got done with it, I was pretty confident in understanding how the fight went. It took us a little under an hour to get the last few whistles that we needed, then we took that to the Minstrel and got our reward!

The Valentione’s event should be starting, and the Paris Fan Fest is going to revv up this weekend. This should bring us some more information about the expansion, and hopefully a preorder or even release date. I’ll be keeping my eye out for interesting tidbits and will be sure to report what I learn!