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New pegs. here's a question....
I have some brand new pegs for an old German violin in my possession. .....
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Coleshill, Warwickshire

November 12, 2014 - 5:17 pm
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sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline, should I ream the scroll to make the pegs fit, or should I reduce the diameter if the pegs

(before cutting to the correct length of course)



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November 12, 2014 - 5:56 pm
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Ι would reduce the diameter of the pegs, with a peg sharpener (if you have one). If something happens and you don't succeed, you can always get new pegs. 

Altering  the peg holes, if they are now ok, round and smooth, may be risky I guess...

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November 12, 2014 - 7:53 pm
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I'd also go with making the peg smaller rather than the hole bigger.  A tool like this one (and there are others as well, of course.)

Peg Shaper

Or, maybe, you can do it with the DIY version like this:

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November 12, 2014 - 8:57 pm
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Most assuredly don't ream out the peg box. That could spell the end of your instrument as you know it. If you weaken the wood fiber, the peg hole could crack just from string tension. The wood itself could split just turning the reamer.


Go with the pegs. As you reduce them, either with a peg cutter or sand paper, periodically insert them until they seat firmly and twist. Then pull out, you will see where the pegs rub. You'll be able to determine how much more to take off.

Insure you set the pegs on top of the box and measure all 4 pegs before you start. You'll be more likely to get them all the same uniform length.

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November 12, 2014 - 10:10 pm
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I agree with all above. Just keep shaving the pegs until they are sticking out as much or as little as you want them to (perhaps you liked the way the old pegs fit), mark and cut off the ends. We tend to cut off at least 1 mm extra so that when the pegs work themselves deeper, they won't stick out as much. You can also bevel the edges of the cut off end of the pegs.
Not a bad idea to use peg compound, but you'll notice that when you test the fit. When you make the string holes, it's better to make them in the center or slightly closer to the cut end. That will give you more room to wrap on the string as you always wrap towards the peg head.

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