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The oddest thing with violin pegs
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Ferret
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May 26, 2013 - 1:47 am
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I was practicing today and decided to play my other instruments. I do this every week or so. I have five others and went to take one off the wall and noticed that all the pegs had 'let go' and all of the strings where slack. I looked at the others and the same had happened to four of the five others.

The only ones that where OK where my $800 Ragetti and my $47 eBay special.

Winter has just arrived here and it must be a factor in this.

On re-tuning I noticed that I was having trouble with pegs slipping that I had not had before

Has this happened to you? Any thoughts welcome

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interesting.... I look forward to replies...

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All 4 of my instruments have temperamental pegs, except 1. A cheap ish Chinese Stentor Student 2. It never fails! I picked it up on Friday after not having used it for 3-4 months.... even still in "as perfect as I left it" tune.

My favourite instrumentthat's the most difficult pegs, sticky, slippy

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Fiddlerman
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May 26, 2013 - 10:20 am
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Ferret, try taking off the pegs and using #0000 steel wool on them. If they still slip see if you can use the steel wool in the hole without damaging the varnish on the peg-box. Do you have a peg hole reamer? Sometimes it's enough to just put the reamer in and turn it counter clockwise. Be careful not to over do it because just a little will cause your pegs to sink in slightly and if they are already cut short you may have a problem. May also need to make a new string hole if the holes are too close to the tip to begin with.
If all this fails, consider peg drops or chalk.

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What if you wait and see for a few weeks while the humidity stabilizes?  Can't it just be explained by the wood drying out and shrinking at the onset of dry weather?  I would tune them and push the pegs in tight and see whether they hold.  I mean, the same problem at the same time on three instruments tells me it's not from something wrong with the peg fit.  Just my two cents ...

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Good Luck John... Keep us posted!

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@coolpinkone  Hi Toni

Here is the update

Well, all are re-tuned and happy again.

Some chalk fixed the slipping pegs. It had to be the change of season. 

Earlier we had had our wet season with very high temperatures, rainfall, and humidity at 95+% for months on end.

Now with winter here the temperature is somewhat lower and the humidity is back down to 65 to 70%.

This change must effect the wood's expansion and contraction considerably.

Hopefully things will be OK till next summer. thumbs-upcrossedfingers

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May 28, 2013 - 1:18 pm
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Good to hear. :-)

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