Just Like New; The Recent Adventures of Tommy

Not too long ago now, I received “Tommy” back from the shop – Foster’s Violin Shop in Orange, to be exact. (And, yes, my violin has a name…doesn’t yours?)


I took the plunge, and I purchased and had installed my very own set of Knilling‘s Planetary Perfection Pegs! Since I’ve started taking Baroque violin lessons at CGU – which utilizes a lower tuning based on an A, not at the typical-modern 440hz, but at a startling 415hz – I’ve had to tune my poor instrument back and forth between the two A’s multiple times a week, depending on whether I was playing Baroque or modern style. As you can imagine, what with my Tommy being around 100 years old and his pegs starting to wear through the peg-holes, this constant tuning back and forth was not the smoothest and easiest thing to do! So, what better time than to try out those Planetary Pegs for myself!

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After using them now for several weeks, I have to say that I just love how easy it is to tune now. I also enjoy the fine tuning capabilities of the pegs; I can make very slight, very fine intonation adjustments, and the tuning stays in place, for the most part. I am a very pleased customer! 😀

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(You can see, if you look closely inside the pegbox, along the inner walls there are bumps into which the pegs fit – say hello to hidden gear technology!)

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And that’s not all! Roger Foster kindly repaired my bridge as well, so now my strings are sounding brighter and louder than ever!

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Well, while Tommy was in the shop getting everything done, I had to play on a spare fiddle during rehearsals and lessons in the meantime; while doing so, I decided that I much preferred the fit of the chin rest on the other fiddle (his name is Herman, in case you’re wondering). Observe Tommy’s bare wood, devoid of his old chin rest!

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When I got Tommy back from the shop, I promptly switched chin rests.

Finally, Tommy is as good as new, yet still with his glorious old tone! 🙂

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