I love these 'your story' threads so here's one I am quite curious about.
What are your fingertips like on your left hand?
Because I play viola, and am currently playing on gut-core strings that seem to be very thick, my fingers suffer a bit more than when I played violin on its own.
Each fingertip is definitely harder than my right and also, naturally, I keep my nails short by biting them yes I know, I should use nail scissors but they're not untidy. Sometimes a little bit of skin peels off my first and second finger .... ugh I know I think the top joint of my left hand fingers look more blunt than my right hand too I've seen cello players whose left-hand fingers look like spades
Worryingly though I have a pain in the tip of my second finger as if the bone is sharp and pushing through the skin!! It's worse when I play vibrato - maybe I'm pressing too hard on the string. I didn't practice last night because of it but normally I am concentrating so hard that I don't notice it. Maybe it's just toughening up? But you do have to press hard with viola strings.
I'll be changing strings soon to a different make that I'm sure will be thinner - my current C string is like a boat rope
Anyone else with interesting fingers?