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Paul
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I borrowed a fiddle from my daughter in law. It's an inexpensive student fiddle a Franz Mueller mad in China. The sound quality is better than my vso. I played it a couple of days ago and it did just fine. This morning I was playing it and spent more time tuning and retuning because the pegs kept slipping. I was playing outside both times, the only difference was this morning it was more humid.

Is there something I can do to the pegs to keep them from slipping?

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Fiddlerman
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August 20, 2011 - 10:03 am
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Barry is right, also check that the winding of the string isn't blocking the hole on the side that the peg needs to slide into to get tight.

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Thanks guys I'll try that. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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Tried the rosin dust. Still have the same problem, but I May be mistaken about the pegs when they loosen the all 4 loosen at the same time. I think my problem may be on the other end. What ever is holding the gut in the tail piece may be slipping. I don't think all 4 pegs would slip at the same time. I can't even get them all 4 tuned before it slips again.

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I just changed strings on my violin for the first time ever the other day and had that same problem. My first attempt was not so neat. I had noticed that 2 of the strings were partially blocking the peg holes a little. I re-strung them and was able to push in the pegs for a tighter fit. Are you sure you're pushing in the pegs far enough? All 4 of my pegs were slipping out too but I was just not pushing them in far enough.

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Had a defective tail piece gut/nylon(?) only I did not know it until I was sitting next the cello ( as in "cello" ) and it exploded!  I will always remember the sight of cello parts/strings flying around the room.  I was really surprised.  There was no serious damage to the cello or me which is amazing.

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August 20, 2011 - 9:47 pm
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If it is the nylon, they are very cheap and easy to replace. As far as the right length, just make sure to tighten it as much as possible so that the end of the tailpiece is as close to the edge of the violin as possible. I usually set it so short that it lifts up till I apply pressure by tightening the strings.

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That's funny Oliver as long as no real damage to you or the cello. I was once on the stage playing guitar and my string broke so hard that the string whipped me across the forehead. It was like a very deep paper cut that would not stop bleeding and still have the scar. That darn string could of taken my eye out.

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It's definently the tailgut I took it off when I got home ant the threads are stripped thanks for all your help looks like I'll be getting a new one.

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