|The eBay Super-Bargain Violin|
AND PEG BOX
|Ill-fitting pegs had to be jammed
in reeeeeally hard to hold against the tension of the strings, then
they were reeeeeally hard to turn. Above: Before
jamming. Below: After jamming several times. Still
not flush, but after much effort, they turn somewhat easier and hold
better -- most of the time.
|For comparison, below are the peg
boxes of my two other full-sized violins.
|The one above is my grandfather's
115-year-old instrument; the peg holes had split, and the box
had to be rebuilt and new pegs added. The one below is 76 years
old, made in Germany, possibly in the shop of Ernst Henrich Roth, if
that means anything to you (it didn't to me), and the peg box is in its
Over-tightening, especially on the higher strings, can easily lead to
breakage. It is better at first to tune the violin too low than
to possibly over-shoot the pitch. Using the piano, the strings
should be tuned as follows:
* G (far left when instrument is neck-up, facing you) should be tuned to the piano G note immediately below middle C.
* D (middle-left) should be tuned to the D on the piano just above middle C.
* A (middle-right) should be tuned to the A above middle C.
* E (far right): Find the C an octave above middle C, then the E just above that.
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