Using a geared peg only on the A string.
Hi, I recently went to the luthier for a peg refitting because my old pegs are worn out. The G D and E string pegs works like it should be but the A string is frustrating.
It does hold it's tuning but when it is time to tune it slips, so every time so i want to tune the A string I have to push it in very much.
I guess that the luthier messed up the A string peg so I that means I have to replace my it. I was thinking if I can use geared pegs on the A string so it would not slip and makes tuning easier due to an A pegs uncomfortable position. However I still consider using traditional wood pegs again on the A string but now I will go to a different luthier because he might messed it up again.
So can I use a geared peg only on the A string or should I just have have traditional wooden peg on the A string ?
PS: I don't want to use a fine tunes on the A string because my tailpiece made out of ebony and has already a hill style fine tuner which is already heavy.
Sorry to hear, if that's what happened.
All luthier I know charge by the number of pegs you're fitting so surely you can do it back and forth. Aesthetically, pegheds match the best. Wittner peg is black but it's chubby and plasticky. Maybe you should change all four and remove the remaining hill tuner on your heavy ebony tailpiece.
It can be hard to get the pegs doped just right because of varying temperature and humidity levels in your home. Bring your violin back and he can fine tune your A string peg or if that is inconvenient you can take peg out and apply some chalk to the shiny areas of the peg that contact pegbox.
I'd just get a full set of Pegheds or Perfection pegs installed.
A geared peg just on the A string?
Yeah, switch all four, if that's what you want to do. Some here will cry foul about geared pegs, but honestly how many of us play on the original short neck, flat angle, short fingerboard setup anyway? It's not like you're routing out a pickup from the top plate. The Wittner are easier to remove down the line, although I doubt that happens often.
Putting in one geared peg should not be necessary. No, it's not easy to fit a new peg well. But a good luthier should be able to do it. And while it may be uncomfortable to tune the A peg, that's not impossible either. Most kids are able to do it eventually. It's better to A. have a well-fitting peg installed that will turn easily, and B. simply learn to use it. We have to learn all manner of uncomfortable things in playing the violin--tuning among them. If you avoid it, it won't happen, just like playing double stops (and I'd say that playing double stops is much more difficult than turning a traditional peg...).
You can have a geared peg on only the A string, but be aware that tuning a geared peg, and replacing a string on a geared peg, are both a little different than on a standard wood peg.
Hi everyone thank you for advises! Both my teacher and Jeff Jetson recommends to put some chalk to prevent it from slipping so I did try putting chalk on the A string peg and by some miracle it worked! It did hold the tuning very well however the pegs seems to stick a bit too much but still smooth.
If your peg is too sticky then wipe some of the chalk off and rub on some pencil graphite so it works just right for you.
If you want to match the head of your existing peg to a new geared peg, just call Chuck Herin (pegheds). He can put the head of your wood peg onto the shaft of a geared peg.
After 3 months of slipping pegs geared pegs seems quite enticing...