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Violin Kit #7: Setting up

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 04-28-2018 11:16 PM 525 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Putting the fiddle together and finishing it are just part of this process. A lot has to be done to set it up to be played. I began by re-reaming the hole for the end button since some of my finish got in it and made the hole smaller.

Then I taped the tuning pegs. The pegs come bigger than necesary and should be tapered down for a new installation. If I were dealing with an older instrument, one that had seen some time and wear, particularly in the peg box, I would likely not need to taper the pegs nearly as much.

With the pegs tapered, each hole in the peg box must be reamed to fit one of the four pegs. Then I dyed the peg shafts with india ink. Actual ebony pegs woould not require this step.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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#1 posted 04-28-2018 11:23 PM

The best source of info that I have found on setting up a violin is from this video and the two that follow it.


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-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#2 posted 04-28-2018 11:37 PM

So a tapered reamer for tapered pegs? Seems simple enough.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 04-28-2018 11:42 PM



So a tapered reamer for tapered pegs? Seems simple enough.

- Dave Polaschek

Exactly. And naturally the taper matches. When I ordered mine, I read the description very carefully.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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