Good pegs at a humane price?
A little while back, I got some pegs from Fiddlershop. Probably the worst place to get hardware for a professional instrument, but it would be my first time fitting pegs, so I cheaped out a bit.
The head on my A peg just broke in two, and the replacement they sent me, atop being a different colour and shape, smells strongly of urine (it's the cheap wood—I've tried cleaning it and cutting it activates the fragrance).
The guys at Fiddlershop are nice, but I see there's no point buying cheap stuff from them.
By god, though, the pegs everywhere else are expensive as all hell! The lowest price I can find for any good stuff is aboot $130 for a set. Pretty steep for a dowel with a heart shape carved out of the top. And don't even get me started on that Otto Tempel guy!
Anyone know where I can find nice pegs that won't break the bank?
i can buy 100 good pegs from China for $80 on ebay. German Hill style are around $25/set
I get stuff from internationalviolin.com
Dov-Music has good pegs at decent prices.
You try and make a professional looking heart on the end of a dowel and see how that turns out! Better yet, try and make 4 that match. Bet you can't. Most of us can't. There is a reason why most violin makers purchase pegs rather than make them. Then there is the tailpiece...
Quality stuff comes at a price.
For years I've had a "beef" about buying my ebony fittings: Why is it so difficult (impossible?) to buy fine-quality PLAIN ebony pegs and end buttons?
Highly skilled and trained crafts people that work with their hands are quickly fading. We need these people, whether we like it or not, to help us keep our instruments alive. At $32 per peg if it takes 30 minutes each, to make a proper peg, with an accurate taper, abiding by the grain, is that really asking too much? And don't forget about the material costs.
And don't forget to consider that within the materials cost is seasoning the wood for years until it is stable enough to make a stable peg. We, meaning professional luthiers, carry around large amounts of wood for years waiting for it to be seasoned enough to be used.
I used dov-music based on a recommendation in a thread from Luis Manfio, who knows his stuff. There are other sources, and if you go totally hand-made like Meyer Fittings then you are paying for quality.