Agree. Friction pegs work very well on classical guitars... much better than they do on violins/cellos, IME. But I can understand wanting a little finer control too, in which case planetary gear pegs should be perfect. I rather dislike standard machines with rollers. Pain to get the strings into the slots, and the gear ratios are too high... takes forever to wind up a new string.Scot Tremblay wrote:For period instruments I'm not particularly fond of them as I think a properly fit tradition peg is actually better for a number of reasons but I fully understand why both luthiers and players would want to use them.
Hi Ronnie,I have made several “Baroque Style” guitars and always used full size 4/4 violin pegs.
I think the size looks just about right.
Someone on a well known action site sells rosewood violin pegs which are cheap, look and “sound” (yes I think it does make a difference) great!
Why not give them a try.
John, thanks for the lead. I searched for Pegheads.net and it doesn't exist. I did find Pegheads.com which is the site of the patent holder for the design of these type of pegs. Could find any reference to the 945 C but there's a lot of info on the pegs. Apparently, there is more than one product I have seen another brand (Knilling) as well.Chuck, take a look at pegheds.net and see if you like the 'Period' style pegs type 945C.
LMI sells properly tapered violin pegs, which are perfect size for guitars as well. Just drill a hole for the string to go in and they're ready to go. I've never had to shave them. Get the rosewood. I don't know why anyone ever makes pegs out of ebony... the main problem with wood pegs is that they go out of round when the humidity changes, and ebony is just about the movingest wood there isChuck Marfione wrote:Thanks to all for the input. I too would much prefer the traditional friction pegs but I find myself swamped with so many in-house projects that gearing up to make pegs is probably more than I want to take on. I'm going to go with the 9mm Viola pegs and see how they work.
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