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Wittner Finetune Pegs.

Wittner

4.5 from 18 reviews
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from £15.12 inc VAT & Economy Delivery in the UK

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4/4 & 3/4 Violin (7.8mm diameter)
8 in stock
£15.12
4/4 & 3/4 Violin (8.6mm diameter)
5 in stock
£15.12
1/2 & 1/4 Violin (7.2mm diameter)
3 in stock
£15.12
Viola, (8.6mm diameter)
4 in stock
£20.40
Viola, (9.2mm diameter)
5 in stock
£20.40
4/4 & 3/4 Cello (12.5 mm diameter)
6 in stock
£23.52
4/4 & 3/4 Cello (14.0 mm diameter)
4 in stock
£23.52
4/4 & 3/4 Cello (15.5 mm diameter)
4 in stock
£23.52
1/2 & 1/4 Cello, (10.8mm dia.) SET OF 4
3 to 5 days
£96.00
Violin. 'Rosewood' Head, (8.6mm dia.) SET OF 4
2 in stock
£96.00
4/4 Cello, 'Rosewood' Head, (14mm dia.) SET OF 4
3 to 5 days
£144.00
Viola, 'Rosewood' Head (9.2mm diameter) SET OF 4
3 to 5 days
£120.82

Description

Prices are PER PEG unless description indicates a SET. These clever pegs enable easy and accurate tuning without the need for fine tuners on the tailpiece.

Pegs sized by diameter at moulding ring. See illustration. To allow for fitting this measurement should be considered the absolute maximum diameter of the peg hole in the instrument on the head side i.e. the diameter of the existing peg shaft at the point it enters the pegbox.

Please note the use of a tapered reamer is essential to fit these pegs correctly. Click here for details of this product.

Not a DIY product - special tools required for correct fitting. Fitting by a suitably qualified workman strongly recommended.


Product specifications:

  • Hi tech plastic.
  • Enclosed gears with 8.5:1 turning ratio for very accurate tuning.
  • No moving part in contact with the instrument.
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Customer reviews:

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Huw
02/01/2014 12:13
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Wittner or Knilling geared pegs?
12 out of 14 found the following review helpful

Pros: I am an experienced amateur luthier. I have tried both Wittner and Knilling planetary pegs on Violins, violas and cellos. The knilling pegs look better - nearer to ebony - and work well for me on cellos; however I find the wittner pegs are more straightforward to tune on shoulder bowed instruments (violins and violas). I have read complaints that the wittner pegs 'feel gritty' and it is true you can somehow feel the gears as they mesh, but that makes no difference to their functioning. They are not 'handed' left and right like the Knilling pegs. As the gearing is only 4 to 1 (4 turns of the head gives one turn of the shaft) it does not take long to wind on new strings (geared guitar tuners are usually around 1 to 16 and thin have shafts)

Cons: As the gearing is in the head rather than the shaft, they look a bit bulkier than ebony or knilling pegs. When fitting them it is rather too easy to ream out the hole just bigger than you should have done - as the pegs need to be quite a firm press fit in the hole so that the little moulded splines really grip to stop them becoming loose in use. I cannot get a polish on the heads, so they still look rather plasticcy on close inspection.

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Mr
05/03/2014 14:22
Alton, United Kingdom

Professional

Why settle for difficulties in tuning pegs?
7 out of 7 found the following review helpful

Pros: Easy to fit. Very positive tuning action. Great that they are totally non-invasive to the instrument.

Cons: None really... be nice to have an imitation boxwood alternative perhaps.

Other: I've also used Pegheds and Planetary pegs and would rank them Wittner 1, Pegheds 2 (with added bonus of boxwood possible and even using your existing peg heads if they matter to you) and planetary 3. Particularly brilliant on baroque instruments!!

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John
11/05/2013 08:08
Wigan, United Kingdom

Beginner

Great, would buy them again without hesitation
5 out of 6 found the following review helpful

Pros: Fiddle player coming to the instrument late in life after decades of playing the guitar. Operate just like machine heads on a guitar only better. This is the second set I have bought (2 fiddles) and I wouldn't be without them. The look just like ebony pegs.

Cons: None other than its a pity they done do a box wood Hill style, that would be nice.

Other: String Zone offers great and very prompt service, what more can you say.

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Andrew Robinson
14/07/2015 15:57
Dublin, Ireland

Teacher

Put paid to peg problems.
3 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: These look almost indistinguishable from ebony pegs, but not only are they slip-free and stick-free, they are maintenance-free and... geared! They are therefore ideal fine-tuners for gut strings (or any other material).

Cons: What is there to dislike?

Other: I use them on violas da gamba: viola size is perfect for treble viol. I would love to have an extra size or two in between viola and cello, for use on tenors and basses.

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Chris
02/05/2016 22:13
Ashbourne, United Kingdom

Beginner

Reliable tuning at last!
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: My daughter was having problems with the pegs on an old violin that would not stay in tune. After trying several different ebony replacements (to no avail) we turned to the Wittner Finetune. We used the large size as the peg hole was already just under this. It pressed in firmly and stayed put whilst tuning, with the gear ratio making fine adjustments easy. Once this has proved itself for a bit longer I shall order another Wittner for a 2nd peg that is difficult to keep in tune - an excellent product.

Cons: Nothing. They are not cheap but the gear system is well worth it if they stand the test of time.

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CPK Smithies
03/12/2015 16:58
Wimborne, United Kingdom

Professional

Easy to fit, and works a treat.
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: Looks just like a standard peg. Easy to fit: just needed a hacksaw and various grades of abrasive to finish the end. Works a treat.

Cons: Nothing to dislike.

Other: I was a bit alarmed by comments that one should get a professional luthier to fit these, or skill needed in using a reamer. But in a newish instrument there should be no need to modify the peg box. Wittner pegs use the standard taper.

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Antonio
19/11/2015 11:45
La Laguna, Spain

Keen Amateur

Very happy with this pegs.
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: Y put it om my 16" viola.They work very well. Very easy to fit. I have removed all fine tuners on the tailpiece and and now I love how the instrument looks.

Cons: You need a reamer to fit the pegs. Changing strings is not as quick as you can do with regular pegs. There ar only one type of pegheads.

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Mr Tim Griffiths
19/03/2015 07:23
Alton, United Kingdom

Professional

Trouble free tuning from here on!
2 out of 3 found the following review helpful

Pros: Easy to fit and get good finish. Wonderfully smooth operation and superior to Pegheds, Planetary pegs and others. None invasive to instrument and when fitted properly they don't slip at all. I've fitted a number to baroque instruments where they are particularly good because of such frequent tuning.

Cons: Getting right size is important. A choice of black or browns would be cosmetically welcomed.

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SM
09/01/2015 13:46
Cheltenham, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Ease of tuning!
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful

Pros: Fitted them to my violin and viola. No slipping or stuck pegs. Allow for fast and accurate tuning. They might not look as attractive as my original pegs, but certainly worth it. Besides, when was the last time you noticed anyone else's pegs?

Cons: Nothing that stopped me buying them!

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Huw
04/04/2017 16:33
Droitwich, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Excellent for steel strings. No real drawbacks.

Pros: Neat and almost invisible update, great for steel strings and also allows my child to tune herself, avoiding string breaks when non string players try to help out. They take more time to wind as the ratio is quite fine but this allows for precise tuning and makes traditional fine tuners redundant. Also removes the occasional loss of tuning due to bangs and transit causing pegs to slip. I found I had to ream the existing pegbox out a little, not sure if you really need a dedicated reamer as the tuner only has to jam, it will not require the exact mating a tuning peg would normally require. Can't see many drawbacks, to my mind if metal strings are being used, this would seem to be the most accurate and stable system I have seen.

Cons: If I was being picky, cosmetically, I could see someone with a fine instrument may find the plastic jarring. I dare say the finish could be polished to give a high gloss which may improve it. On this violin, they look fine and from a few feet away you would need to have very good eyes to see it.

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