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Jim Dunleavy
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March 18, 2017 - 10:58 am
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I had the urge to replace the old pegs of my cheap fiddle as they weren't turning smoothly. Here's a few pics. You can see from the photo that the old pegs, though black, were certainly not ebony. I practised on the one on the left with my home made peg shaper and the blackness all came off!

The old pegs:

http://www.jimsbeerkit.co.uk/ntl/old_pegs.jpgImage Enlarger

Peg reamer all the way from China!
http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/ntl/reamer.jpgImage Enlarger

Home made shaper - hole cut with the reamer and a plane iron.
http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/ntl/shaver.jpgImage Enlarger

Finished job - they work much better now!
http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/ntl/pegs1.jpgImage Enlarger

http://jimsbeerkit.co.uk/ntl/pegs2.jpgImage Enlarger

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Fiddlerman
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March 19, 2017 - 7:59 pm
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Very impressive Jim. You are also a MacGyver 🙂

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but the one who needs the least."

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Jim Dunleavy
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Thanks Pierre. I had to look up 'MacGyver' lol.

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Very cool, nice job, Jim 😀 

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coolpinkone
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Hey Jim 🙂

Nice Nice work.

Congrats.

Toni

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Jim Dunleavy
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Thanks @damfino and @coolpinkone. 🙂

They're working so well I'm even thinking of taking off the fine tuners on the D & A strings (I already took off the G string one).

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Fiddlerman
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March 24, 2017 - 8:19 am
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Learning not to use the fine tuners is a big step forward. Also improves the sound of your instrument. 🙂

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BillyG
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March 27, 2017 - 12:54 pm
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Just seen the post - good stuff @--Jim-- Dunleavy.    

I may be embarking on a similar venture to replace the pegs on my 3/4 E-bay fiddle. It's quite old (late 1920's) and has clearly been played a LOT over its lifetime.  

Although the pegs grip, and adjust easily, the peg-box holes are either heavily worn through use (the pegs protrude pretty far on the far-side - and there is only one fine-tuner on the E) or it has been reamed out sometime in the past.   I may need over-size pegs to sort this, or even plain un-tapered blanks if I can taper them down.   There's no hurry though - the fiddle is fine as it is - I like its sound and if I even bother, it'll be a job for the autumn/winter nights anyway ! 

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Please make your own, different mistakes, and help us all learn :-)

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It's nice not to need the fine tuners 🙂 A good step forward 😀 

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