I have been playing mando for 2.5 years and for the longest time I never knew about the importance of changing strings. That was until a good friend of mine told me how often it should be done and he took the time to show me how to do it. Well the first time I did it on my own I hated it and got so frustrated that I had to finish it the next day! You have no idea what kind of clever ways I have to come up with to get the right tension on the strings as I restring them. I particularly despise those slippery A and E strings!! To top it off, for some reason the back of my right wrist will hurt for days afterwards. I'm assuming that is from the cheap winder I use to wind up the strings. But seriously this last time... it was a week ago and my wrist STILL hurts! At least it doesn't affect my playing but it bothers me when I type or workout or do other things.
I am now able to recognize when my strings are wearing out and I really love how my mando sounds right after I re-string it. And this second time was a bit easier than the last. I'm hoping it only gets easier the more I do it. But seriously, I would rather get a root canal than re-string my mando!! Makes me wish I could just drop it off somewhere and pay someone to do it for me. LOL
So I'm just curious, does anyone actually LIKE to re-string or not mind it so much? Am I the only one who has wrist pain?