Tuning peg help, please
I'm not a violinist so I'm asking your help regarding tuning violin tuning pegs. I recently used 4/4 violin pegs on a banjo restoration. I'm now working on a smaller instrument and the 4/4 pegs are too large for the peg holes on this smaller instrument. Question: Are 3/4 violin pegs the same diameter as 4/4 pegs but just shorter in length (and therefore would not solve my problem) OR, are 3/4 pegs smaller in diameter and therefore might work for this application? Thanks for any help you can provide.
The shaft of the peg doesn't come finished from the factory. You have to shave it down with what is essentially an industrial-grade pencil sharpener, available easily online through luthiery supply stores.
The 4/4 pegs I used for the previous project seemed tapered from the factory and worked perfectly without modification. Are some pegs designed to be shaved down and some pre-shaped? In any case, my original question remains... Is a 3/4 peg thinner than a 4/4 peg?
I'm telling you, no pegs come factory finished. They have a slight taper but it's just so the end fits in opening of the peg shaver. The taper not correct because the shaft is way too thick anyways, and it won't match the pegbox taper.
" I recently used 4/4 violin pegs on a banjo restoration."
Thanks. I'm not a luthier so I was hoping to avoid purchasing a specific tool for this project. Guess I'll just have to bite the bullet and spring for the pencil sharpener. Thank you so much for the violin peg education!
I'm a sometime banjoist so I would like to see the finished product!
I wonder how Wittner Finetune pegs would work in a project like this.
The other question: do you have a tapered reamer for the hole?
Although I am not a luthier I have replaced all the wooden pegs with geared pegs (Peghed, Knilling and Wittner) in 14 family instruments (2 violas, 3 cellos, and 9 violins, including one 5-string). And although I do own a peg shaper I have never used it. But I have used peg-hole reamers on all 57 peg holes I worked.