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I made a lyre for my violins from a paper clip wrapped around the scroll and positioned so that there is spring pressure to hold my music. It makes it easier for me to move to the back porch so that my wife doesn't have to listen to me practicing. I had to keep it light weight and this works for me. I also covered the lower bouts with black poster board by using double sided tape, which makes a storage area for the sheets of music, though the lyre can hold 20 or so sheets.
Yesterday I re-tuned my violins and cello because humidity here is high and the peg boxes swell which can make turning the pegs difficult. The pegs can get so tight that pegs will break when trying to turn them. I need to do that only once a summer. YMMV. (your mileage may vary). (just a way of saying it may be different for you).
By the way, that little stub of a top bout is a great place to hold a tuner.
Your lyre is pretty ingenious. I was wondering about the music holder at the bottom bouts.
Do the poster board and sheets of music inside it affect the tone? Will the tape remove the varnish if or when you remove it? I was thinking that heat from the sun and humidity might affect the tape gum over time. I am also thinking you only have enough tape in spots to hold everything in place, right? It is hard to see the bout DIY area in the photo.
It looks like a terrific idea and obviously works for you. Kudos! Love it.
(Former Username - cid)
Hi CID, this is on a $40 electric violin that I use for quiet practice only. When this violin is not plugged into my amplifier, the sound I hear comes only from the strings themselves so nothing I do to the violin body effects the sound, therefore, the poster board or the music sheets do not change anything. This violin is painted with a hard shell paint which I have waxed with a car wax (twice) so the tape will not hurt it and the gummy residue will wipe off easily. The hard part was cutting the double sided tape with scissors. I wanted thin strips which kept sticking to the scissors, but I enjoy laughing at myself so this was comic relief.
and IRV: I used your peg drops this morning. The pegs on this electric violin were sticking so I put on your drops. The pegs held well. So these drops are good for pegs that slip. I had to take the pegs out and run a crayon around them then spin them in their holes which helped them to work better. I should have done that when I changed the strings. At any rate these pegs feel good now and I now know that your drops will work to stop pegs from slipping.