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I really like Knilling Perfection pegs, and until now I have a set on all of my violins. But in the last few weeks I have been working on a "color coordinated" electric violin that I am fitting with boxwood pegs. They may (or may not) require the use of something like peg drops so I started looking into what would be needed to DIY the drops.
Fortunately, there is a patent 4682527 dated July 28, 1987. In it is a list of the following ingredients: 500 ml isopropyl alcohol, 166 ml tincture of green soap, 166 ml glycerin, and 36 g violin rosin. Obviously, this is somewhat a commercial batch amount for something applied by the drop, but the quantities can be easily scaled lower (for example, 50 ml isopropyl alcohol, 16.6 ml tincture of green soap, 16.6 ml glycerin, and 3.6 g violin rosin). I was thinking of using the rosin with the gold flecks in it for a festive note.
I had not heard of tincture of green soap, but it is widely used by trappers and tattoo establishments (and cheap).
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