I may have a problem with newly installed Wittner geared pegs. I have had this new violin with the geared pegs for 5 days now. I sent it down to Brisbane to have the pegs fitted and the sound post reinstalled because it fell down during transit from China.
The violin sounds great but it will not stay in tune for more than 20 minutes. I have checked the outer barrel of the pegs by making a pencil mark across the pegs and the violin peg box ; it is not moving at all so everything is okay there. The pegs were installed by a professional luthier.
So that means either the internal gearing is slipping or the tailgut is slipping. But I have had a slipping tailgut before and usually all the strings drop by an equal amount so I do not think it is the tailgut. Also , this is a Wittner tailpiece and their tailguts are usually pretty good.
Has anybody had any problem with the Wittner geared pegs ? Is there some other possibility that I have overlooked ? I am a bit reluctant to point the finger at the geared pegs as I have not heard any other complaints about them. Usually 5 days is enough for a new violin with new strings to settle down but others may have a different opinion. All comments and suggestions are welcome.
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