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Wittner Finetune Pegs.


4.5 from 16 reviews
from £15.12 inc VAT & Economy Delivery in the UK

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


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:

Rating Summary
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02/01/2014 12:13
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Wittner or Knilling geared pegs?
11 out of 12 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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05/03/2014 14:22
Alton, United Kingdom


Why settle for difficulties in tuning pegs?
5 out of 5 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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Andrew Robinson
14/07/2015 15:57
Dublin, Ireland


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


Great, would buy them again without hesitation
4 out of 5 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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02/05/2016 22:13
Ashbourne, United Kingdom


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


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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11/07/2014 19:57
sleaford, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Good for tuning very bad for tone
3 out of 5 found the following review helpful

Pros: They are extremely effective for fine tuning.

Cons: They have a truly dreadful effect on the tone of the instrument

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02/10/2016 17:34
HOPE VALLEY, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Brilliant for arthritic fingers. Rosewood? - no.

Pros: When I saw that Wittner now does a rosewood version and after checking on a friend's violin that the pegs are just as easy to tune as the other brand I have on my old violin I decided to try them on my new violin. I haven't found any problem tuning accurately and really appreciate being able to turn the pegs without causing further damage to my finger joints. One person has commented here that the pegs caused a deterioration in the tone of the violin but I haven't found that.

Cons: It was a waste of money paying a lot extra for "rosewood" pegs. The head of the peg is a not very good plastic imitation of rosewood and the shaft is black! So I don't like the look of them. A minor downside is that it takes a long time to fit a new string but that isn't important.

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11/03/2016 16:46
Dumfries, United Kingdom

Keen Amateur

Wittner finetune pegs are a must have item.

Pros: Highly recommend Wittner finetune pegs, it's now so easy to tune my violin as the peg turns with ease. No more sticking pegs and less risk of breaking strings. Thanks also to String Zone for their excellent customer service and prompt dispatch of this order.

Cons: No dislikes about these fine tune pegs.

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


Easy to fit, and works a treat.
1 out of 2 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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