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Last year one of my pegs split and since then I have been using a set of antique rosewood pegs taken from my old fiddle (broken) that I played when I was young.
This fiddle was made in Bavaria in 1889 and hence the taper is different to that of modern violins (found this out here).
The reason I haven't had it fixed by a professional is because in my small city there are none that I would trust with my expensive violin.
The nearest professionals are in Guangzhou or Hong Kong which is some +500 kms away.
I have decided to try and tackle this job myself with the help of this forum.
Buying pegs is no problem and I have in fact already seen a few nice sets online.
Could somebody tell me if these pegs will fit when they arrive, as I have no idea?
Also what tools will I need to do this job successfully?
Also I prefer to use rosewood as it seems that this type of wood is less susceptible to humidity.
I don't want to use ebony as my tailpiece is boxwood, hence brown in color.
Now I have seen jujube wood and snake wood pegs but I don't really know anything about this kind of timber.
Actually I was considering changing everything to rosewood .
I agree that fitting rosewood pegs with a boxwood tailpiece wouldn't look good .
Thanks for the helpful advice .
I'll let you know how I get on .
Pierre (hope you don't mind me calling you by your name) could you attach a photo of a typical peg shaver because I have no idea what one looks like,..thanks.
Let me put it this way, 'you don't need to be a mechanic to drive a car!'
Many people never learn anything about what goes on under the hood of their car, but this doesn't stop them from being a great and safe driver, yes or no?
My interest has always been in playing the violin the very best I can, and fortunately I have always been able to employ professional to carry out routine maintenance on my fiddles.
Hope this answer your question.
Now to allowing a little local workshop to do the job!
Well you obviously know very little about provincial China.
First let me add that I have the greatest respect for the many very gifted violin makers in China, but these people are located in the big cities, Beijing, Guanhgzhou, Nanjing, etc, and they take great care with anything they do because they know that their reputation relies upon doing a good job.
A reputaion is hard to gain, but easy to lose literally over night.
If I were to put this very expensive fiddle in the hands of a local person it would almost certainly get damaged, and I am not prepared to take that risk.
Local people are not so bothered about repeat business and their craftsmanship leaves a lot to be desired.
I even worry about inviting tradespeople into my home to do work as in the past they have fixed one thing and damaged something else.
So as a rule I now watch their every move to ensure they do what I want, and not what they want to do.
Now maybe you understand my predicament Barry.
On the plus side I do come from an engineering background and generally I am very good at fixing things, electrical, electronic, or wooden!
Somebody who approaches a specialized problem with intelligence, care, time, and patience can very often outdo a pro, who may easily lack at least one of those. And that's not just in luthierie.
One member reports that he is unable to find a single luthier he can trust in his city of over 5 million. The city is not in China, but the conditions are similar.
Yes, you care about it more because it's yours. If you care, and you do the work yourself, you're going to know what was done to it. Someone else is more likely to cut corners. So if a little learning is required, or some tools are needed, it's often worth it to do it yourself. And you can look at it as part of playing (or driving or whatever), in a way. But it does take time and attention. That's the way it is with me, anyway.
No, it's not just you mate.
I was thinking something similar but you have said it better than I could
If you want to try it yourself CF I reckon that it would be a good idea to find a <$40 VSO and practice on it first.
Seen it all. Done it all. Can't remember most of ..... What was I saying????
Love that yer interested ...good for you ...even for those folks who will never work on an instrument there is interest just the same ...
Here is a page from Michael Atria's Violin Repair Guide ...a handy book I recommend to all interested folks ...cost about twelve bucks and yer not obligated to work on yer fiddle just because ya have the book ...
Y'all are correct ..there is a learning curve as one might expect ...such as fitting new pegs to 14 mm....i recommend setting at 16 mm initialy and working them in a bit more as they tend to settle in when tension is on the strings ...you'll see what i mean the first set you fit ...
If yer fiddle is of value and uses a taper other than 1:30 i recommend staying with original taper as there may be some devalue in changing ...depends
As for straight vs spiral reamer , yer not likely to need to sharpen a reamer unless yer a builder / repair person and spiral does not chatter like a straight reamer can ...again , if you have used both you'll see / feel the difference right away ...just sayin'