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Odd looking pegs
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Ferret
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I saw these on eBay. Haven't seen anything like them before

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Cha.....038;_uhb=1

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Ohhh pretty.  What are they made of and how much are they running?  

 

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1stimestar said
Ohhh pretty.  What are they made of and how much are they running?  

The shafts are metal. Possibly plated brass and the rest is ebonoid

They cost AU$49, a bit less US$

 

@Fiddlerman Pierre 

Can you shead any light on these? I've not seen them before dunno

They are calling them 'adjustable tension friction pegs'

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They look real nice,, the only thing,,, if they are brass, it just add's more weight to the scroll end of the violin.

Perfection's would be much lighter.

 

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Exactly what I was thinking Ken. Probably too heavy for my taste.
I've never tried them though.

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Fiddlerman said
Exactly what I was thinking Ken. Probably too heavy for my taste.
I've never tried them though.

It turns out they are made of nickel

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I've seen something at least very similar sold on places like StewMac as a type of banjo, ukulele or dulcimer tuner.  Never knew anyone personally that used them, though.  I don't recall having heard of them being used on violins/fiddles. 

I suppose it could work, though.  So long as the player was ok with any change to the weight/balance.

I have heard of some folks using things like ukulele machinehead/geared tuners on violin/fiddle projects.  With this design though, I would think it would make any quick touch-ups to tuning with the pegs harder than the older wood/friction pegs, since as I understand it, you loosen the little screw to be able to turn the things and then tighten it back up to keep them in place? 

I would think it'd kinda kill that whole one-handed tuning while playing the open strings sorta thing?

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Hi Daniel 

I think that you can preset the tension / friction so that you can still turn them without them slipping

Otherwise they would be rather useless I reckon

On dulcimer ones that I've seen while searching today some where only attached to one side of the peg box. That may not be good for a violin peg box

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My impression is that there is no gear reduction in these, consistent with "friction" in the name. 

Hard to see from the picture, but it looks like they use those curvy washer-like springs to create tension, adjusted by varying the compression of the springs.

Maybe the idea is that the mechanism provides a smoother and more consistent kind of friction that doesn't depend on how hard the peg is pushed in.  The screw adjustment, rather than pushing the peg in the hole, would adjust the amount of friction.

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I believed the screw on the peg is to replace fine tuner. I once almost bought a 1/2 size violin with that kind of pegs. It was similar to Caprice pegs. For Caprice pegs, one will need a screw driver to make adjustment where as this kind of pegs you simply turn the screws. 

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