Pegs: concave or convex?
I'm interested to see what shaped pegs you guys use/prefer. I'm not interested in geared pegs atm (though maybe in the future) so please don't suggest those. I have used concave pegs my whole life, and yesterday I tried a violin with convex. Felt so much more comfortable to tune! Or was that just the fitting of the peg hole...?
This is the first I have ever heard of convex violin pegs, and I have certainly never seen any.
Something like this: https://www.thomann.de/at/conrad_goetz_zw_965_violin_pegs_english_mod.htm?sid=67d726cf15fcecc687e743111d5c1d2f
I have slightly convex pegs made of boxwood which were fitted by the luthier on my favourite violin, and concave ebony pegs on my two other violins. I think the convex pegs were made in England. You can see them in the photo. To tell the truth, I thought it was just a minor cosmetic thing & never noticed any difference in ease of tuning.
The famous Hill-style peg is convex, is it not? It's what I have at the moment (alas, the concave pegs in my avatar were changed out), and they're OK, but concave is better I think, because you can concentrate your pressure on the outside of the peg (better leverage).
I'm all into geared pegs this past decade. The Pegheds and Knillings are slightly concave, the Wittners, slightly convex (if I recall correctly). With pegs that easy to use it makes no difference.
Yes, the Wittners are slightly convex. I've found I like the feel of them.
I never noticed before but I find 2 out of 3 violins hanging in my lair have concave pegs, the other ("sold by William E.Hill & Sons" says the label) probably the original convex pegs from about 1900. I tend to prefer the former for grip when tuning, but what about the sound? That's about the only part of a violin that I haven't seen fervently discussed here.
All my pegs are conical ;)
I feel like convex gives me a bigger area to hold on to. With concave, my fingers sometimes go into a really squishy awkward position...
I have callouses on the side of my index where I'd push on the D and G pegs. They were convex, but I don't think that has anything to do with how awful they were.
Did you ever see a blind test for audiophile cables vs standard cables?
Adalberto - you misunderstood me. I would never buy "audiophile" cables. And I think there are no blind tests - for a very good reason. The audiophile industry don't want to publish that you might as well use a standard extension cord for your speakers. Even if there was a small improvement it would probably be negligible compared to the effect of the non-optimal placement of the speakers in my living room or the noise coming through from the fridge. I put my money into the speakers where I could hear a clear difference in the show room. And I have a set of good headphones as well that I picked out in a comparison in the shop.
Yes, believe it or not there have been blinds tests of audiophile cables. They were done by
Well mentained friction pegs require no wrestling. I apply a little of the brown lipstick from Hill when I change strings and have no problems with stuck or slipping pegs. My violin is 23 years old, still has the original pegs and never had them refitted.
Never had any problem with friction pegs. Easy quick tuning and easy to fix when they occasionally do stick or slip. Wrestling with them is a very strange notion.
We aren't supposed to be talking about geared pegs vs conventional but I think there's a distinction to be made between such devices whose only advantage is convenience and others like the chin rest which permit the playing of more complex music. I'm more than happy to forego the convenience.