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Perfection Planetary Violin Pegs Set For Violin, 4/4 Size

3.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
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Perfection Planetary Violin Pegs, Set For Violin, 4/4 Size

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Item Weight 2.4 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Origin Imported
ASIN B003KX4SC0
Item model number P1VN44
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3.6 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #50,465 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#180 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Orchestral Strings Accessories > Parts > Violin
Date first available at Amazon.com July 16, 2004

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My wife decided that learning violin was something in her bucket list so we got her a cheap instrument off an online bulletin board. The instrument was in OK shape, except the pegs slipped horribly and she struggled because the violin kept falling out of tune.

So that's where this product steps in. These pegs are geared down 4:1 so the tuning isn't "twitchy" and it's easy to get your pitch and keep it. As for installing these, you'll probably need to take this to a repair-shop; it is an involved process and it'd be easy to destroy your ax. Also be aware, that the pegs are literally glued into the peg box with epoxy. Once you've gone to planetary tuners you can never go back, period. But that's not an issue because the tuners work fantastically.

Here's the exact instructions:
Step 1-2
Reaming the peg hole with a 1:30 violin peg taper.

Step 3-8
Cut the peg to the proper length.

Step 9:
Moisten the peg hole with water
Step 10:
Apply a bead of polyurethane glue
Step 11:
Screw the peg in until the threads are flush with the peg box
Step 12:
wipe off any excess glue. Allow glue to dry completely before installing strings
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I found three different sets of planetary pegs for my 1959 German John Juzek; Grover, Wittner, and Knilling. After reading much discussion, and watching installation instructions on youtube, I decided to order the Perfections. A twelve minute video on Knilling pegs prompted me to order them. I ordered a "Juzek USA" 1:30 peg reamer for $38+$7 handling. During the week that I waited for the reamer I measured my pegs and their holes and realized that they were all in desperate need of reaming and shaping.

The included installation instructions suggest glue. (I found another discussion which stated that even if they were glued in, they could subsequently be removed with a soldering gun.)

The video says to simply carefully ream the holes so that the threads will have enough wood to grip, and after cutting and polishing the small ends, simply dampen the holes with H2O and a Q-tip and thread them in finger-tight. I have had to shove the pegs tightly to move the threads in once or twice during the first week, but otherwise I now have an instrument which is easily tuned with NO OVERTONE-ROBBING TAILPIECE TUNERS. Even under the closest scrutiny my planetary pegs look like anybody's in the violin section. Other string players must think I am a genius by my PERFECT peg tuning. My fiddle remains in near perfect tune for days at a time even here in the desert.

The instrument was given to me at age 64 and together with a Bellafina ABS suspension case ($39) a P&H fibreglas bow, ($38 which NEVER warps & I can re-hair myself for $10), a quartz tuner ($14, although my $5 440A fork works just as well), reading a few good repair/maintenance books (which helped me with bridge/tailpiece/tailcord adjustments) and the PERFECT set of strings (Helicores, with a wound E) these pegs give me the greatest pleasure of my musical experience.

J.D. Schultz, Las Cruces, New Mexico
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These pegs make tuning easier and your violin sound better. It's as simple as that. When you get rid of traditional fine tuners and just anchor your strings on a nice wooden tailpiece, there seems to be a lot less energy lost in the system and a fuller sound.

That being said, they seem to have BARELY enough friction to keep the strings tight. They do have enough, and my violin doesn't actually go out of tune due to the tuners slipping, but it constantly feels like it will, and that makes me nervous.

Also, once they're in, they're IN. You're going to be hard pressed to get them out without destroying either the tuners or the violin, your choice.
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My fiddle is worth about 10 grand, and has these pegs. No tailpiece tuners, either. Works great.
Dear squeamish people, it's about the enjoyment of playing, not owning some museum piece. Note: if by chance the peg suddenly "goes loose", just reset the clutch by pulling out the head and shoving it back in again. Slam dunk. They should all be this easy, in fact, there's no debate on this.
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When my son (Suzuki Vol 6/7 level) was ready for his first full-size violin, I carefully researched peg technology and decided the Perfection Planetary pegs were well-reviewed enough to give them a shot. We were taking a chance since his violin was setting us back $1500 (plays like a much more expensive instrument). Needless to say, his decidedly old-school instructors were HORRIFIED when they saw what I had done to his beautiful new instrument. "It's just not how it's done", I was told. "These pegs aren't the right kind". They really wanted me to take the violin back to the shop and have the "damage" undone.

However, it's a year later, and we couldn't be more pleased. Despite some rather extreme Chicago temperature & humidity swings, the violin regularly goes *weeks* without needing anything but the most superficial of fine tuning. What's more, even his instructors have come around. We left off the fine tuners on all but the E string and we could even make due without that one as well.

I'm convinced the pegs have not hurt the violin's resale value in the least. And if my son ever gets to the level where he needs a truly fine instrument, I wouldn't hesitate to have Planetary Perfections installed on them.
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