Does this work? Is it safe? Its a nice instrument...
Richard - its hard to get the stuff off the waxy stick onto the peg itself, seems to just slide over it. Perhaps I should warm it first?
Lyndon - is that chalk something you get at a violin shop or just a drawing supplies store...
If you use soft chalk, please get the stuff without fillers or wax. Not blackboard chalk.
the maker must have used a good quality pegs.
Many "boxwood" pegs on the market are not true boxwood (buxus sempivirens) but softer and less durable varieties which resemble boxwood in appearance.
This worked wonders for me :)
If the peg fits, there really shouldn’t be room to wedge a string in between the peg and the hole, unless the peg is being put in too loosely and the string is just jammed in, which prevents a proper fit and loads all the pressure on one side of the pegbox.
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I would find a repair person and find out why the pegs aren't working properly. When the pegs work properly you should only need a little peg compound with each string change.