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    My Tia Bruna came today! I wasn’t expecting it to come so fast all the way to Canada. Very happy with the way it was carefully packaged and the lovely case. As for the sound (once I figured out how to get enough rosin on the bow to actually make a sound, LOL), I was impressed. I haven’t played in 15 years, so I’m pretty much starting all over again from scratch, but I think that I’m really going to have fun with it. I noticed that there’s only one fine-tuning peg on the E string. I’m going to go to my local music shop to get a shoulder rest & a pitch pipe (or other tuner). Should I get the fine-tuning pegs installed on the other strings to make tuning easier, or is that unnecessary? I used to use a pitch pipe to tune my fiddle, but was wondering if I ought invest in an electronic tuner? What are your experiences, especially as beginners? I only played for four sessions at an Irish music school in Montreal (called Siamsa)15 years ago and was an intermediate-beginner (so still very much a beginner)! I need to start training my ear again. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.
    p.s. I can’t wait to pick back up some of the old tunes I had learned & learn some new ones!

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    Usually the more expensive violins come with a fine-tuner for the E string. It’s not so hard to tune the other strings using the pegs. But to tune the E string, each fraction you change with the pegs has a big impact on the note, so it’s easier with the fine-tuner.

    An other reason is that on a quality violin you would use synthetic strings or gut strings. These are too elastic to respond well to fine tuners. Since only the E-string is a steel string, it will respond to the small changes in tension produced with the fine tuner.

    For the tuner, you can download an app on your cellphone. I use gStrings, it’s free and works perfect.

    Good luck with your violin! Must be fun to be playing again after 15 years!!

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    Are there any disadvantages to having fine tuners for all 4 strings ?

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    Is there a method used to improve the adjust-ability of the wooden pegs?

    #9680 Reply

    If the fine tuners are built into the tail piece, there is no disadvantage to having all four fine tuners. However, if they were added, they add weight to the tail piece, which adversely affects tone.

    #9681 Reply

    If the pegs slip often, try using some peg compound. If the pegs stick, try using peg dope. You can also have geared pegs installed on your violin. They are way easier to tune than wooden pegs! 🙂

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