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Sep 28, 2021 - 10:03:27 AM
7 posts since 8/31/2011

I have a Lenore Glenn banjo, sith the original “carved” tuning pegs. The pegs a slipping under pitch using nylon strings.

I want to keep the original instrument intact. What’s a good way to tighten the pegs up? Chalk?

Sep 28, 2021 - 10:49:57 AM

344 posts since 4/14/2014

Try peg dope. It should be available at any place that works with violins and their ilk.

Sep 28, 2021 - 11:15:30 AM

11757 posts since 10/27/2006

Use the crayon type of peg dope. Hill is a popular brand. Apply it like the stripe on Charlie Brown's shirt.

 

Do not use chalk, Lava soap or any other abrasive compound that can wear out the holes or pegs.

Sep 28, 2021 - 2:34:48 PM
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8990 posts since 8/28/2013

Sometimes the issue is not the tuner, but a user who isn't accustomed to violin pegs. Another is that sometimes the peg holes wear, and the pegs need to be refitted.

Try the peg dope first, though. If they are still a problem, you may wish to check with a violin shop.

Sep 28, 2021 - 4:22:32 PM

11757 posts since 10/27/2006

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Originally posted by G Edward Porgie

Sometimes the issue is not the tuner, but a user who isn't accustomed to violin pegs. Another is that sometimes the peg holes wear, and the pegs need to be refitted.

Try the peg dope first, though. If they are still a problem, you may wish to check with a violin shop.


Yep. Fiddle pegs are bread and butter for a violin shop. They can re-shape the pegs and holes to a perfect 2° taper. If the pegs are worth preserving and the holes are too worn, they can install wood bushings into the headstock and ream those to the correct size & taper.

Try peg dope first. As you turn the pegs, push them into the headstock while you turn—there's a trick to this but you'll pick it up quickly.

Sep 28, 2021 - 4:34:12 PM

Nartker

USA

7 posts since 8/31/2011

Thanks this thing is going on 20 years old, been played some and has survived some extreme environments. Structurly it’s in good shape and is original. For most of its life, I used gut strings but they are now cost prohibitive so ice switched to nylon.

I’m told it’s one of the last banjos out of Lenorard’s shop. I’ve got a letter he wrote to me, asking if I would give him permission to go two tone. He was running out of parts, and wanted to settle up.

Sep 28, 2021 - 4:52:12 PM

580 posts since 5/22/2021

You might also try some Beeswax. That what I am using, but you gotta be VERY CAREFUL that you don't apply too much, otherwise turning the pegs would be like turning the nuts that tighten the drum with your BARE hands.

Beeswax is okay for younger instruments, but from what I understand, yours it quite old/expensive, right?

Sep 28, 2021 - 5:18:47 PM

11757 posts since 10/27/2006

I worked in a fiddle shop in my younger days. I would not be using beeswax on wooden pegs.

Sep 29, 2021 - 10:38:48 AM

84 posts since 2/7/2017

Sand them a little with 220 grit.

Sep 29, 2021 - 3:01:27 PM
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60 posts since 4/26/2018

Nope, don't sand them, either. Reinforcing the incorrect taper makes the next person's job more difficult. Sanding a peg is never a good way to make it fit well.

Just try some peg dope/peg compound. If they fit, the peg dope will help, if they don't fit, take them to someone who can help.

Sep 30, 2021 - 1:13:20 AM

11757 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by luthier65

Nope, don't sand them, either. Reinforcing the incorrect taper makes the next person's job more difficult. Sanding a peg is never a good way to make it fit well.

Just try some peg dope/peg compound. If they fit, the peg dope will help, if they don't fit, take them to someone who can help.


Sep 30, 2021 - 8:40:09 AM

84 posts since 2/7/2017

Even violin luthiers sand their pegs lightly after shaving. I don't propose changing the angle, just wrapping some fine paper around them and cleaning up the outer surface.

I apply peg dope to make the pegs slide better. Raw wood holds too well and sticks.

Sep 30, 2021 - 11:33:39 AM

60 posts since 4/26/2018

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Originally posted by OldTymeBanjo

Even violin luthiers sand their pegs lightly after shaving. I don't propose changing the angle, just wrapping some fine paper around them and cleaning up the outer surface.

I apply peg dope to make the pegs slide better. Raw wood holds too well and sticks.


600 grit, no coarser.

p.s. I'm a violin maker

Edited by - luthier65 on 09/30/2021 11:34:11

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