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I have an old Stainer violin copy from the early 1900s and it needs new pegs.

I am trying to find pegs that are similar to what it was originally built with, but the original pegs are much wider than anything I can find.

The pegs measure 24 mm in width. Pegs I have purchased are 22 mm.

There is a notable difference when viewed side by side.

Is this typical of pegs made in that era or do you think maybe they are viola pegs?

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  • 6 months later...

I thought I would be able to find a lot of knowledgeable luthiers on this forum, but it's been many months since I posted this question and I have not received a reply.

Maybe I need to reword may question. My apologies if I was not clear.

I have an old Stainer violin copy from the early 1900s and it needs new pegs.

I am trying to find pegs that are similar to what it was originally built with.

The pegs that were on the violin when I purchased it are much wider than violin pegs that I have purchased.

The pegs measure 24 mm in width. Pegs I have purchased are 22 mm.

There is a notable difference when viewed side by side.

Is this typical of pegs made in that era or do you think maybe they are viola pegs and not the original pegs the violin was built with?

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I don't know if those are typical of the era.  They could be viola pegs.  Pegs come in so many subtle -- and not-so-subtle -- variations in size and shape that it can be impossible to match any given peg exactly without having a set custom made.  I think this would be prohibitively expensive for a typical 100 year old Stainer copy.  In your position, I would look at what's available in viola pegs.  Dictum has a pretty good peg selection that you can see here:

https://www.dictum.com/en/pegs-accessories-jha

If you see pegs you like, you will either have to order them from Germany yourself or have a violin shop order them for you from Howard Core, Dictum's American distributor, because Core only sells through shops.

You probably never initially received a useful reply because there is no easy solution to your problem.

 

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@Brad

I realize there is no exact match. I was hoping someone may have worked on several old violins and could say either peg heads were typically larger or the original pegs must have been replaced with viola pegs.

I like your suggestion to purchase pegs directly from Dictum, this way I know they are good quality.

They provide a lot of specifications, but not the head width. I sent them an email asking for the head widths and I will purchase the viola pegs if they are close to 24 mm.

I can use the other pegs I have to practice changing the taper, it looks like these are 1:25.

I like these https://www.dictum.com/en/ebony-pegs-jhaa/herdim-system-pegs-swiss-model-ebony-violin-44-standard-284636?ftr=_19_5_95_1_48_12__

Thank you for taking the time to reply.

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I received a reply from Dictum, they were not very helpful.

I guess I'll just order the viola pegs.

 

Dear Sir,

Thank you for your inquiry.

We do not have this measure.

Please order the pegs for inspection.

We offer standard size only.

You have a  30 days guarantee  to return the pegs free of charge.


Best regards

Customer Service

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Germany

Tel.: +49 (0)9931 - 40 58 100
Fax:  +49 (0)9931 - 40 58 800

E-Mail:   info@dictum.com
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