Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

Gifts and supplies for the musician

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

Trying Something New with Search
(ad) Pianoteq
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
144 registered (AmandaH, accordeur, aesop, 36251, 38 invisible), 1358 Guests and 8 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Pianos
Quick Links to Useful Piano & Music Resources
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano & Music Accessories
*Live Piano Venues
*Music School Listings
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Topic Options
#655754 - 05/13/08 08:33 PM A question...
Canto Offline
Full Member

Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 44
If you play a violin without one of its strings, does it ruin the violin? I've heard it does, but didn't feel like trying it... \:\) If it does, are there any other problems that can happen because of playing without one of the strings?

Assuming it does ruin a violin: Will it also ruin other stringed instruments, like guitars, if you play missing one of the strings?

Top
#655755 - 05/13/08 08:44 PM Re: A question...
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 12588
Loc: Canada
The best place to ask is probably the Pegbox section of Maestronet, which is full of luthiers. It's not so much the playing as it is having strings missing because the instrument is under a lot of tension. You have an uneven load. I don't know if it could warp or crack the instrument. There are lots of stories of famous violinists who continued playing on 3 or even 2 strings if one snapped during a performance.

Top
#655756 - 11/03/08 07:49 PM Re: A question...
beginningpianist Offline
Full Member

Registered: 09/07/08
Posts: 98
Paganini didn't see a problem with doing so with his strad...He probably even did it on purpose after a while...

Top
#655757 - 11/03/08 07:56 PM Re: A question...
keystring Offline
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 12/11/07
Posts: 12588
Loc: Canada
Paganini broke strings, and some say it was for showmanship, but I would not think that he would have left his violin partially unstrung. Each of these strings exert a tremendous amount of tension, and if some strings are missing and others are on and tightened that can't be good for the instrument.

It doesn't ruin the violin to play it with a missing string. It hurts to violin to have a missing string and have the other strings tightened.

Top

Shop our Store for Music Lovers!
PianoSupplies.com is Piano World's Online Store
Please visit our store today.
(ad) Teaching Children Music
Teaching Music to Children
(ad) Yamaha Stage Pianos
Yamaha CP4 & CP40 Stage Pianos
(ads) PD - WNG - MH
Wessell Nickel & Gross
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Fascinating review of the history of Equal Temperament
by Mark Cerisano, RPT
9 minutes 29 seconds ago
Bad to visually memorize chords?
by Fatih
Today at 06:58 AM
Showing signs of...
by johan d
Today at 06:35 AM
Help with KAWAI CE-7N
by dominic70s
Today at 02:54 AM
Concert tuning or not
by TheTuner
Today at 01:19 AM
What's Hot!!
Posting Pictures on the Forums
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Forum Stats
80,611 Registered Members
44 Forums
166,646 Topics
2,441,618 Posts

Most users ever online: 15,252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Help keep the forums up and running with a donation, any amount is appreciated!
Or by becoming a Subscribing member! Thank-you.
Donate   Subscribe
 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
|
Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2015 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission