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String won't stay in the peg
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laserbrainz
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For a few days my violin's been sounding off, and my G has been exceptionally difficult to tune - like, the peg (I have the guitar style ones) felt really tight - and then today when I was tuning up getting ready to play, the G snapped out. At first I thought it broke, but it just slipped out of the peg. I've tried to restring it myself but it just keeps slipping out. I'll take it to a luthier nearby, but I was wondering if anyone knows what might be the problem, or has anyone had this happen to them? My guess is it's something to do with the dry, winter weather, but that's just an uneducated guess.

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Hi @laserbrainz 

If the 'guitar' type tuners are metal the weather shouldn't effect them. It could have a mechanical fault. It's gearing could be slipping.

What do you mean that the violin is sounding off? Scratchy, squeaky, off tune?

If your bow becomes 'loaded' with old rosin or the strings are very dirty the violin can start to sound really bad.

Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of dunno ..... What was I saying???? facepalm

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The pegs are either plastic or wood, but I think plastic. It's not the peg that's slipping; the peg is actually really tight. It's the string that won't stay around the peg - as soon as I start to tighten enough to tune, the string pops right out.

 

the bad sound I'm talking about is kind of like a microphone-too-close-to-the-speaker type of buzzing, that happens when I bow an open string. It'll sound weird for a moment and then seem to work itself out. It just started doing that a few days ago.

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When you wind the string on the peg you have to go around once and then cross over the string winding the string up to the side of the peg with the knob.

Fiddlerman has a video demonstrating how to put on new strings.

 

I have looked for the video but cannot find it. Perhaps Fiddlerman can re-post the video.

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Kevin M. said
Fiddlerman has a video demonstrating how to put on new strings.

Knowing that the wordpress search facility is not too swooft, I did a google search like "how to change strings" site:fiddlerman.com

That term site:fiddlerman.com means to do a search restricted to fiddlerman.com.  The first result was the following:

http://fiddlerman.com/tutorial.....ur-violin/

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Don't have to do a "google" search, the video is in the thumbnail's on the Fiddlerman home page when you log on.

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I never was very good at changing strings until I saw Pierre's video.

 

Duane

 

"Violin is one of the joys of my life."

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Okay, so I managed to get the string back on and it's staying in place so far. I realized I had to take the D string off as well in order to wind the G string the correct way. Dealing with these cheap-feeling plastic pegs makes me daydream about owning a fancier instrument, lol.

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laserbrainz said
Okay, so I managed to get the string back on and it's staying in place so far. I realized I had to take the D string off as well in order to wind the G string the correct way. Dealing with these cheap-feeling plastic pegs makes me daydream about owning a fancier instrument, lol.

You could scrap the whole violin or you could invest in a new set of wooden peg's. Of course the new pegs will probably have to be fit properly unless you get lucky. It's cheaper than upgrading at this time.

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