OK, I'm well aware that violinists have gotten by for centuries without either geared pegs or 4 fine tuners. However, I can also tell you as an experienced recording engineer that most skilled violinists I've recorded have rarely been exactly in tune, even when they thought they were.
As I am playing violin solely for the purpose of record on pop music tunes, critical tunign is important to me. I would rather not get into that whole argument.
What I do want to discuss is the possible negative sound of fine tuners. Sure, you'd feel like an amature if you used four fine tuners. Sure, "common knowledge" says that they have an adverse affect on tone. Yet, I HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO FIND A SINGLE SCIENTIFIC TEST TO SUPPORT THIS.
For all I know, fine tuners might IMPROVE sound, by decoupling the string from the tailpiece. After all, the sound travels through the bridge. Any vibrations that get to the body via the tailpiece would theoretically be out of phase, and so induce comb-filtering. SO:
Can anyone pont me to conclusive info on this subject?
Are some tuners known to be sonically superior to others?
Geared pegs are the other option. Since they are heavier, they should actually improve sound the same way a guitar sounds better with a heavier headstock (that HAS been proven.) Does anyone know? The only reason I am hesitating on the geared pegs is that I can't find any that I like the look of.
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