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Installing and Using Violin Fine Tuners

(The Complete Guide to Violin Tuning - Continued from page 4)

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 right.

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 here.



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.

Step 1

You'll have to unscrew both the tuning and mounting screws off the tuners. You will have three parts as shown on the right.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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 edge.


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.

What's Next?

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 you play.

This is page 5

<======Page 4: Online Violin Tuner

Page 1: Introduction to Violin Tuning
A snapshot view on tuning violins, the process, it's problems and solutions...Read more

Page 2: Tuning a Violin - Avoiding the Bridge Snap - IMPORTANT
The most important thing to check before you tune a violin. Prevent damage to your violin and optimize the sound...Read more

Page 3: Tune a Violin - Problems with Violin Pegs - IMPORTANT
Important notes on peg problems and setting them up for optimal tuning....Read more


Other Ways to Generate Reference Tones
Conventional and new ways that reference tones can be generated... Read more

Fine 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 pitch differences...Read more

How to Tune a Violin Using Only Pegs
Photos illustrating how advanced violinists may use only their left hand and fingers to tune violins...Read more

Installing and Using Fine Tuning Pegs Coming Soon
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 Coming Soon
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 Soon
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 fine tuners


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