How to Put in Violin Pegs

Slipping violin pegs are a common problem when strings are wound with an insufficient amount of tension. A properly wound string will create tension that prevents the peg from slipping. Installing violin pegs properly the first time will ensure that your pegs do not slip while playing. The process of properly placing violin pegs in their holes should take less than 30 minutes.

Step 1

Insert the peg into the peg box. Begin to wind the string around the peg, forming a secure connection.

Step 2

Wind the string, keeping the tension between the string and the peg. If the strings are not taut while winding, your pegs will slip. The proper tension can be achieved by winding the string tightly against the peg. The string should be flush against the peg.

Step 3

Continue to wind the string as it starts to become taught between the bridge and the peg. When you reach the point where the peg can only be turned four more times, simultaneously gently push the peg into the hole while winding the string the remaining four turns.

Step 4

Continue to use the first three steps on the remaining three pegs. Each peg should be rewound occasionally to ensure a good fit.


Use chalk on the outside of the pegs to create more friction with the peg box. This will help keep the pegs from slipping.

Pull the string outward slightly while winding to ensure that it doesn't come loose while tightening.


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