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Violin Style Friction Tuning Pegs, Hidersine Hiderpaste and the price of cheese in Wisconsin

Posted by BrentSims on Monday, October 26, 2015


I have a Prust tack-head that I really enjoy playing however trying to keep the beast in tune has, for the most part, been an exercise in futility. Back in the Cold War days when I was serving on a Boomer we had a saying, “Close enough for horseshoes, hand grenades and Polaris missiles”. That statement pretty well sums up my experience with violin style tuning pegs.

Don't get the wrong idea. Eric Prust builds fine banjos. Fine banjos with nicely fitted tuning pegs. The old violin style friction tuning pegs simply take some getting used to and require knowledge and a skill-set which I did not, perhaps still do not posses.

First thing I tried to ease the pain of tuning my Prust tack-head was “Peg Drops Peg Compound”. It worked. Tuning became easier and the banjo stayed in tune longer. Nevertheless after using “Peg Drops Peg Compound” for a few months I came to the conclusion that there had to be a better way.

I stumbled upon a post that said some players use soap on their pegs so I gave it a try. It worked fairly well and, more importantly perhaps, the soap made my Prust tack-head smell awfully sweet. So sweet it almost came between me and my wife. Unfortunately, after using soap for a few months the wife was threatening to take away my Prust tack-head  banjo and I once again came to the conclusion that there had to be a better, not so good smelling, way.

So I started rooting around on Amazon and I soon stumbled upon “Hidersine Hiderpaste”. “Hidersine Hiderpaste” claimed to be capable of making tuning and keeping my Prust tack-head in tune a breeze. A lot of politicians and more than a few of the products I've purchased over the years made similar claims which, believe it or not, did not prove to be accurate but I took the bait and bought the stuff.

It's only money, right?

That was over a month ago.

I applied “Hidersine Hiderpaste”, as per the instructions, the day it arrived. More than 30 days later my Prust tack-head is still easy to tune and while the tuning still needs to be tweaked a bit once a day before I play it the slippage is slight – a step at most since applying it. Least we forget, my wonderful wife is very happy that my Prust tack-head banjo is back to smelling like a banjo should.

Did I forget to mention the cheese? Opps... sorry.

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