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Loosening Stuck Pegs without Damage
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As the seasons change, many forum users will suffer stuck pegs as the wood in the pegbox expands as it absorbs moisture from higher air humidity.  A solution was offered by the maker of the Rezx Resonance Modulator (a magnetic wolf tone eliminator).

Place desiccant packets in plastic bag and then place bag over the peg box.  Use hands to deflate bag and secure bag to neck with masking tape, avoiding contact of tape on strings and wood.  Wait several hours (or over night).  As moisture is lost in wood, it will shrink and therefore release the peg.  Once peg is loose, remove bag and allow pegbox to expand.  Retighten peg.

He then offered a novel technique to regenerate the desiccant.

Place desiccant on flat tray and place in microwave oven with a glass of ice cubes.  Stop oven as ice cubes begin to melt and replace with fresh ice cubes.  After this is done 4 or 5 times, the desiccant should have change color (if of the indicating type) and is available for reuse.  Store in sealed glass container.

The water molecules in ice are greatly expanded and act as a trap (or getter) for the water released from the desiccant, as it is differentially heated by microwaves.

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Sounds like a keeper...

ive had some tight ones but not that tight...

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Thanks for that handy tip @Irv

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@steveduf and others.  The time, so short.  The craft, so hard to learn.

Which reminds me of a Marx expression.

Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.

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Irv -YouWish you would have referred me to this thread when we were talking about pizza!

I can't wait to try this with the desiccant I use in my violin case.  Will have to remove the beads from the metal container, but it will sure beat 3hrs in a 300°F oven! 

 

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@ELCB and others.  I honestly forgot that I made that post.  I have left a few more nuggets scattered in the forum threads.  Unfortunately they are somewhat difficult to access due to inefficient search feature.  Happy hunting.

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@ELCB .  I will bite on this one.  Why do you keep desiccant in your violin case?  

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Irv -To be blunt, if I don't use one of those little "gun safe" dehumidifiers during Spring & Summer my violin case becomes unpleasantly odiferous!

My reason is probably a combination of an older, used violin case (with a ballistic nylon cover) & the fact humidity in a Michigan Summer is brutal - believe it or not, much of Florida seems a paradise by comparison.  Also probably doesn't help we're fairly close to some preserved wetlands and a large lake.

 

- Emily

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Yes, interesting indeed. I don't remember reading this suggestion Irv. I usually use a hammer and a wide pin punch. 😜
Just kidding, don't anyone try that!

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@Fiddlerman and others.  I was unable to find my source article today.   It is amazing how ephemeral material, particularly videos, are on the internet.  So the forum is likely the only listing of this hack.  

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Irv said
I was unable to find my source article today.   It is amazing how ephemeral material, particularly videos, are on the internet. 

It's annoying. I was convinced that Baerenreiter had published a new 2020 edition of the Bach double concerto, so I emailed them for details. They asked where I had found the information, and I couldn't find it!

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It actually makes sense to me though. Thanks

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