Peg Dope???

July 6, 2009 at 01:12 AM ·

What is your opinion about using peg dope?  Love it?  Hate it?  Never should be used?

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July 6, 2009 at 01:59 AM ·

Hey Royce--how's it is goin'?

I use Peg Dope, it works though, esp. here, where I am, when the weather is way too humid and hot, and the temp drops, low enough to get the violin changes its form during winter season, (if we get it). Its reliable.

I'm not crazy about it, but hey, its works!

July 6, 2009 at 03:16 AM ·

I have a bottle of it , but so far I have not needed it

July 6, 2009 at 03:23 AM ·

I prefer to mess with the pegs and recoil the strings around them than to use peg dope, but that's just me.

July 6, 2009 at 05:37 AM ·

have it but never have seen a need to use it

July 6, 2009 at 12:26 PM ·

It seems the big question is emerging.  Has anyone actually used the stuff, or does everybody just buy it for the pretty bottle?

July 6, 2009 at 12:45 PM ·

I am 99% sure that all of you have some sort of peg dope on your peg shafts even if you didn't put it there yourselves. Certainly your luthier lubricated the peg shafts and peg holes the last time you had new pegs installed or had the old ones shaved. Without something between the two wood surfaces, the peg will either stick hard or chatter loudly whenever you turn the peg, which will make fine adjustments difficult. The best of the peg dope sticks for many years was the original Hill's formula. I have never been in a violin shop that didn't have some on the workbench.

July 6, 2009 at 01:04 PM ·

We use it every time we change strings or have the pegs loose for any reason, or whenever we encounter pegs that don't work properly.  We prefer Hill's and Goetz peg compound that come in a stick.  It gives just the right amount of friction so that pegs neither stick nor slip but are easy to tune, and it helps reduce pegbox wear.  If pegs still slip, we might use a little soft chalk.  If that doesn't work, the pegs need to be re-fit.  We never use peg drops, although we have them in the shop..

July 6, 2009 at 02:20 PM ·

I have some on my pegs but they make have these black stains which make the pegs look ugly. I have a bottle in my case which was free but never used it.

July 6, 2009 at 02:55 PM ·

Hello Elinor and fellow Bausch bower!  I'm doing great!  I have a gig playing the violin at an employees party in two weeks.  So I have been keeping the horse's tail on the 4!


The Eastman violin that I have had a peg compound (brown) on it's pegs, when Mom bought it, that made fine tuning with the pegs alone pretty easy.  It's wearing off and was curious what others have expirienced?  I may try some?

July 6, 2009 at 03:26 PM ·

I've never really liked her.


July 6, 2009 at 05:34 PM ·


July 7, 2009 at 10:47 PM ·

Royce--glad to hear you have a gig, you  just jummin' man! 

Best of luck on your up coming gig! Knock their socks off!


July 10, 2009 at 11:10 AM ·

Peg dope is unecessary for me.  If my pegs stick a bit I loosen the string, pull it out just a tad and rub it with the led of a pencil.  Works like a charm.

On the reverse, if my peg is too loose I pull it out likewise and rub it with a bit of chalk.

July 10, 2009 at 01:38 PM ·

I like to avoid both pencil lead and chalk. Both contain mild abrasives which will wear the wood over time. If abrasives are avoided, pegs can last almost forever.

The exception is that pencil lead contains enough graphite to be an excellent "extreme pressure" lubricant for string grooves in the bridge and the upper nut. In this case, the lubrication advantage outweighs the abrasive content, and will reduce wear.

July 10, 2009 at 06:27 PM ·

Nothing like making your pegs high to make them happy!

July 10, 2009 at 10:28 PM ·


When you say you've never really liked her, are you sure you are talking about the same Peg Dope? The one with the big head and the tapered body; kind of a twisty little thing.....Not sure where she's from, but lives near some kind of nut.

July 11, 2009 at 11:43 AM ·

Sorry, I had to delete this post because it didn't make sense, even to me! ;-)

July 12, 2009 at 01:43 AM ·

I ordered some peg dope and rubbed it on this morning.  It sure makes tuning a whole lot easier. 

July 12, 2009 at 02:27 AM ·

Thanks Folks-

Maestro Hong!- I'm looking forwards to the finale of your California experience!  And Pegs being high & happy..... brings back memories dude, and not too bad!

July 12, 2009 at 02:33 AM ·

I lubricate the bridge grooves and nut with pencil every time I change strings.

I apply a little bit of Hill peg compound as well.  As with most things, I find that the key is moderation.

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