123ArticleOnline Logo
Welcome to 123ArticleOnline.com!
ALL >> Music >> View Article

Violinmaking: The Appropriate Pressure For Tuning Pegs

By Author: Nathan Weiss
Total Articles: 71

Written by S. Van Dyck


Violinists, violists and cellists use tuning pegs daily to adjust the tones of each string on their instrument. In violinmaking, the appropriate friction is necessary to keeping a well-tuned, playable string in place.


Pegs enter through holes drilled in the peg box, the container of pegs between the scroll and the fingerboard on the violin neck. The holes themselves are perfectly rounded and even; the pegs have a more conical shape, losing width towards the ends. Pushing the pegs into the holes creates a wedge effect, as the wider part of the peg sticks to the edge of the hole.


To achieve the right amount of friction, the peg and peg hole need to be fitted properly. An unruly peg will shift back and forth and have a difficult time preserving the desired tuning. Pegs should fit tightly and not require much pressure to keep them where they are put. Pegs that are evenly installed each protrude evenly from the peg box and are parallel to the axis of the instrument. Proper shaping is done with highly specific reamers and cutters. Only then a fine sanding should reach between 400 and 600 grit without being excessive and disrupting the taper of the fit. The right compounds will allow the pegs to turn easily while retaining adjustments. Despite factors like humidity, which can distort the size of the peg, a proper installation can compensate.


Though peg drops or peg dope are an easy fix, most slipping pegs are the result of improperly installed strings. Relying completely on the pressure of the tuning pegs will wear them out fast. After the string is placed across the violin and through the peg hole, it must be wound so that it creates an additional wedge effect against the inside wall of the scroll box. It should be pulled towards the box as it is wound, so that continued winding creates more pressure.


Appropriately installed strings are necessary to keeping the pegs tight, and are the responsibility of every serious instrumentalist.

Total Views: 137Word Count: 351See All articles From Author

Music Articles

1. Xiaomi Mi Bluetooth Speaker: The Latest Gadget With Excellent Battery Life
Author: amr kayam

2. Online Music Streaming Industry Profile And Value Chain Analysis | Market Research Report
Author: Aarkstore Enterprise

3. Oneplus Bullets Wireless Earphones Review : Enjoy The Dynamic Sound
Author: amar kayam

4. 5 Popular Bengali Arijit Singh Songs That You Would Love To Listen To On Loop
Author: Siya Singh

5. Music Job
Author: music job

6. Dhol - Create Incredible Music With This Indian Instrument
Author: Sandip Chakravarty

7. How To Choose A Violin Teacher For Your Child
Author: Nathan Weiss

8. An Examination Of Carbon Fiber Bows
Author: Nathan Weiss

9. Do Mixing & Mastering At Jbz Beats And Make Quality Sound
Author: Jared White

10. Get Customized Baggi For Marriage
Author: ponting brown

11. Electric Guitars For Sale
Author: electric guitars for sale

12. Make Your Marriage A Special One With Our Well Decorated Baggi
Author: ponting brown

13. 5 Favorite Arijit Singh Songs That You Can Listen Over And Over Again
Author: RanjithKumar

14. Why To Look For A Professional Dhol Wala In Delhi?
Author: ponting brown

15. Ocassions Full Of Happiness With Shiv Mohan Band
Author: ponting brown

Login To Account
Login Email:
Password:
Forgot Password?
New User?
Sign Up Newsletter
Email Address: