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Planetary Perfection Pegs and Wittner Fine Tune Pegs

I have been staying abreast of the current developments regarding the geared pegs that have come to market from Knilling and Wittner. I have tested both the “Planetary Perfection” peg by Knilling and the “Fine Tune” pegs by Wittner. My reviews are completely independent. You can read my findings below.

The Planetary Perfection pegs feature internal planetary gears that are located inside the shaft of the peg, whereas the Fine Tune pegs feature gears that are found inside the peg head. Both pegs look like traditional pegs although the Perfection pegs have a sleeker looking head because it does not contain gears. The Perfection pegs have a seam line that detracts from the look of the peg, however I was able to remove this seam with sanding and polishing with desirable results. The Fine Tune pegs are supposed to be able to be installed without gluing the shaft into the peg hole. This is supposed to give the peg an edge in older instruments if the owner ever wanted to go back to traditional pegs. However, the 3 small “bumps” that are supposed to hold the peg in place and keep it from spinning independently of the gears are not up to the task over the long run through climactic changes. The possible alternative would be to attempt to fit the peg very tightly into the hole risking breakage of the peg box. The viable alternative however is gluing the shaft in place; which erases the supposed advantage. The Perfection pegs have very fine threads on the wider end of the peg shaft that are threaded contrary to the pull of the string and are to be glued in place. Removing the pegs is a simple process that does not damage the instrument in any way. The Perfection pegs turn very nicely with just the right amount of fine movement to easily tune even the E string on a violin. The action is smooth after the initial break in period, and the taper of the internal gears allows some ability to increase or decrease the motion of the turn. This can take some getting used to for some players. The Fine Tune pegs on the other hand have a coarse feel to the turning action as one can feel the gears clicking against each other inside. The tuning is fine and functional, but I prefer the flexibility of the perfection peg. The pegs are comparable in costs for the pegs and installation. Sometimes an older instrument will require peg hole bushing, which can make installation far more costly. Both companies offer oversize versions of the pegs for violin but even these can sometimes be too small. For my money I would hands down go with the Perfection Pegs, I believe they are far superior in most facets and they are the geared peg I will be offering to my customers.

 

Perfection Pegs are now available with wood heads! Contact us for more information.