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When attempting faster passages on the E string what are differences in playability plain vs wound?  I'm using plain E strings at the present. I had a wound E once that was tough to beat soundwise but I wasn't the technical player then as I am now.  Will a wound E slow playing progress any?  And, if you know, how many extra pounds of force would be added to the belly/bridge area if I choose a wound E vs plain?

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Your choice of strings is almost always certainly a subjective one. I have never heard that a wound string exerts additional force on the violin, compared to a solid string. Really the only way to settle the matter is to put a few different strings on your instrument and decide for yourself. Approach your violin in the spirit of experimentation. This is always the most rewarding approach. Good luck!

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BEFORE YOU ASK, PLEASE NOTE: I cannot answer questions about instrument repair or value. You need to visit a reputable local violin shop for such assistance, or do some reasearch online: http://www.oriscus.com/mi/violin.htm I can answer questions related to the study of the violin, teaching violin and the performance of concert (classical) music. I'm happy to assist anyone who is serious about his/her violin journey as a pathway to personal growth and musical achievement.

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I am a professional symphony violinist, studio recording musician and also a private studio teacher specializing in the Suzuki Method. I've arranged music for small ensembles and voice, and have contracted musical performances in a variety of venues.

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American String Teachers Association, Suzuki Institute of the Americas

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B.A. Music, UCLA, California State Polytechnic University, Suzuki Pedagogical studies at the Suzuki Institute of Colorado and at Occidental College.

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