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I've handled a few violins and now I am playing my own (viola) and one of the things I've noticed is how hard they are to tune precisely. I've tried the lubricants made for tuning pegs, sparingly, and it doesn't seem to make much difference. You are either a little flat or a little sharp and squeezing it into position for the right pitch seems impossible.
Is it just technique, or should I expect something a little less sticky in my tuning pegs?
Kevin M. said
Your pegs should turn smoothly in a perfect world but in reality they stick and bind or they slip. That is why we have fine tuners, get it close than fine tune.
I was watching the video review of the Fiddlerman Soloist violin and he made it a point to explain that the tuners were carefully set up. He also mentioned that fine tuners were not usually used on higher end violins. This suggests to me that either technique plays a role in working past sticky pegs, or it is possible to do something to the pegs to make them work smoother.