Being a cellist, it’s essential to know when is the best time to change your strings. There’s no such thing as changing strings too often. However, it may be very expensive for some. To help save money from string replacement, you should understand the signs that your cello needs new strings.
Aside from worn out and bad-sounding strings, how do you know if your strings should be replaced already? Below are some tips you can keep in mind to tell if your cello needs urgent string replacement to keep its sound quality:
- Hard to achieve maximum sound quality. Have you been experiencing difficulty tuning your cello in order to meet the right tone for your performance? If so, you already need new strings to get the exact sound quality you need.
- Playability problems. Aside from tuning issues, if you also encounter sudden problems in playability like you can’t get the perfect resonance, string replacement is necessary. This is particularly true when no matter what you do, the sound doesn’t seem right.
- Not sure, but it’s been quite some time after changing your strings. It’s okay if you’ve forgotten when’s the last time you replaced your strings. If it sounds awkward and breaks easily, no wonder you need a new set of strings for your cello.
- There’s no damage, but it doesn’t sound great anymore. Cello players understand when there’s something wrong with their instruments even if there are no physical signs. For instance, even if your strings look fine, they may need replacement when playability and performance no longer satisfy you.
Now, you can easily tell if your cello strings need replacement. However, you may encounter some issues that are complicated. In that case, you should ask for your teacher’s opinion on how to choose and where to buy cello strings. Buying a set of new strings and other materials to fix your cello without adequate knowledge may cost you more.
Always do the checking before you change any parts or accessories of your stringed instrument. Be sure it really needs replacement prior to getting a new purchase. After all, cellos are big investments for any type of player, whether advanced or beginner.
These are only some helpful tips you can surely learn more from your cello instructor during practice. What’s important is that you have an idea of how to change your strings when it needs replacement.