Installing and Using Violin Fine Tuners
(The Complete Guide to Violin Tuning
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Fine tuning a violin with your pegs to elimate those small
pitch differences between your violin and the reference
tones can be quite frustrating. The problem experienced
here is that you either turn the pegs just a little too
high or a little too low, but never right on. To solve this
problem, many beginners add violin fine tuners to
the tailpiece to assist in fine tuning.
Below are some of them made by Wittner and are all metal.
There are basically two basic types - one for ball end strings,
the other for loop ends. For the ball end type, there is
a slot where the violin string fits into. Two posts on other
side hold the ball in place (see photos below). In the case
of the loop end, a single post holds the loop of the violin
string in place .
Ball End Tuners
Loop End Tuners
Some Good Things to Know
The ball end tuners are more common than the loop ends,
because most strings come with ball ends. However it is
possible with some brands of violin strings where the ball
can be removed to have a loop end.
Don't use loop end strings on ball end tuners
Although it is possible to put a loop end string
using a ball end tuner, it's not recommended, because
the sharp edges of the tuner posts increases the
chance of the loop ends to break, as shown on the
Ball End Tuners
(not recommended for loop ends)
Some have correctly observed that
the post belonging to the loop end tuners also have
sharp edges. To solve this problem, Wittner offers
a slip-on string protector to go over the post as
shown in the right photo.
E-string slip-on string protectors
(Set of 8 protectors)
Hill Model Fine Tuner with single protector
More experienced violinist know that adding fine tuners
add weight to the tailpiece and change the string length,
both of which can effect the quality of the sound. The ball
end tuners (about 5 grams) are heavier than the loop end
tuners (about 4 grams). The ball end tuners shorten the
string's length by about 1 cm. But...
Don't worry. Most people are unable to notice the difference
in sound. For beginners learning how to tune a violin, these
fine tuners are a great way to start off.
To purchase these violin fine tuners, click
Installing Violin Fine Tuners
To install fine tuners to your tailpiece, follow the instructions
and photos for both ball and loop end types as shown below.
You'll have to unscrew both the tuning and mounting
screws off the tuners. You will have three parts
as shown on the right.
Place the base part containing the screw barrel
(the part that the tuning screw goes into) into
the one of the tailpiece holes from underneath as
shown on the right.
Then, take the circular mounting screw and fasten
the base in place. Do not over tighten.
Attach the tuning screw back into the base, but
do not screw in all the way, leaving about half
the threading in view.
Now you are ready to install your string type.
Step 4 - For ball-end fine tuners
If you are using ball-end fine tuners make sure
that the ball is inserted vertically and not horizontally
to prevent string fatigue against the tuner's metal
Using Violin Fine Tuners
Fine tuners only make sense when eliminating the remaining
small pitch differences between your violin and the reference
tones. Therefore the pegs should do most of the work to
get the sound of your violin as close as possible to the
reference. However, most people try to use their tuners
to cover great pitch differences.
It is common to find the tuning screw tight all the way
down to the bottom in an attempt to increase the pitch.
If this happens, simply use your pegs to tune a little higher
than the reference tone if you need to loosen the tuning
screw. If you find the tuning screw too high (almost falling
out), simply tune with pegs a little lower than the reference
before you tighten the screw.
The next page deals with problems discerning pitch differences.
This helpful digital device not only assures you of accurate
tuning, but it will also help you with intonation while
COMPLETE VIOLIN TUNING GUIDE
This is page 5
Page 1: Introduction
to Violin Tuning
A snapshot view on tuning violins, the process, it's problems
2: Tuning a Violin - Avoiding the Bridge Snap -
The most important thing to check before you tune a violin.
Prevent damage to your violin and optimize the sound...Read
Page 3: Tune
a Violin - Problems with Violin Pegs - IMPORTANT
Important notes on peg problems and setting them up for
OTHER HELPFUL VIOLIN TUNING INFORMATION
Other Ways to Generate
Conventional and new ways that reference tones can be generated...
Tuning a Violin Without Fine Tuners
These fine tuning techniques are used by advanced violinists
which you can use if you do not have any problems discerning
to Tune a Violin Using Only Pegs
Photos illustrating how advanced violinists may use only
their left hand and fingers to tune violins...Read
Installing and Using Fine Tuning Pegs Coming
No more wrestling back and forth with your pegs! These neat
set of pegs will help you fine tune your violin EASILY!.
A Review of Pusch Tailpieces with built-in Fine Tuners
Have a good look at the built-in fine tuners that come with
these tailpieces. The two advantages of these tailpieces
Installing and Using the Light-Weight Carbon Fiber
Tuners by Bogaro and Clemente Coming
Don't want to add weight to the tailpiece or change the
string length, and don't want to spend so much for fine
tuning pegs, then these specially made carbon fiber tailpiece