Ball of fiddle string pops out of tailpiece (+ G not tuning)
I moved to the other side of the world and bought a cheap Chinese fiddle to tie me over. It’s ok but the tuning pegs on it are pretty bad. It requires frequent application of rosin and re-tuning but with some patience you can get it to stick for a week or if you’re lucky, longer! Anyways I bought some Pirastro Chromcor today. String instability is expected with new strings of course. I was able to get the D, A and E string to Db Ab and Eb respectively with no trouble.
However the G string is proving to be a nightmare. Everytime I tune it I can get it to a mere octave below standard G before it starts acting funny. Often I will turn the peg and it will not tune even a little bit. Eventually if it does, it will start to "creak" (the sound of it makes me anxious!) and I can see the ball of the string being pulled closer and closer out of the hole. I keep tuning the string and eventually it WILL pop out of the hole at the tailpiece. I usually can get it to a B or C below standard G before the string "pops" out of the tailpiece. I do not have fine tuners on any of them except E.
Does the string just need more time to stretch, unwind and acclimatise? Or is it doomed? I really REALLY want to play fiddle with new, quality strings after using cheap Chinese ones for the past few months. How can I stop this from happening? Should I cover the hole at the tailpiece so it won’t pop out, and tune to G hoping nothing happens? As I say the other strings are fine. But this is driving me crazy. I miss my quality violin from home, how I regret not bringing it now.
I live in Vietnam where violin luthiers are basically non-existent and knowledge of violins in music shops is poor. Definitely not enough to make any adjustments. I can post pictures/videos of the process later if that would help. Would really love if someone was able to help fix this!