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Apr 12, 2021 - 10:09:16 AM
10 posts since 2/23/2009

I can understand why someone would say why would you want something like that? Well, I had to get rid of my fiddle I loved (I donated it to a good cause). Because....I have neuropathy & arthritis & can no longer adjust the bow nor tune the fiddle with regular pegs. Also live in an apartment & must keep the noise down. I did use a mute, but not enough.

Since I can no longer do these 2 things, I'm in search of a low priced practice fiddle with violin machine heads. I know it sounds ridiculous to some folks, but that is my situation.

At the time, I didn't have any resources to have the fiddle I had customized with these tuners.
So, bright idea! Many years later.......came to me....as I love playing fiddle (even though I am such a novice player)....why not go for a hollowed out shell practice fiddle if it had violin machine heads, I'D BE ALL SET! To enjoy something I dearly love! Does anyone out there have one?

Apr 12, 2021 - 7:04:22 PM

389 posts since 3/1/2020
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Your best bet is a set of Wittner pegs in a fiddle of your choice. If you want it to be quiet, you can use a practice mute. The Wiessmeyer & Son CATRPILR is especially nice.

I have helped several customers with arthritis keep playing just by installing Wittner pegs. They eliminate any need for fine tuners at the tailpiece. I keep an E tuner on, but it’s mostly for the sake of convention.

Apr 12, 2021 - 7:24:18 PM

138 posts since 4/2/2019

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Originally posted by The Violin Beautiful

Your best bet is a set of Wittner pegs in a fiddle of your choice. If you want it to be quiet, you can use a practice mute. The Wiessmeyer & Son CATRPILR is especially nice.

I have helped several customers with arthritis keep playing just by installing Wittner pegs. They eliminate any need for fine tuners at the tailpiece. I keep an E tuner on, but it’s mostly for the sake of convention.


I recently put Wittner Finetune pegs on a violin and changed the tailpiece to a light one without any finetuners. I was prepared to put a fine tuner on the e-string but so far I've been ok just tuning with the pegs.

Edited by - DougBrock on 04/12/2021 19:24:47

Apr 12, 2021 - 7:51:47 PM
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10 posts since 2/23/2009

Thank you for your reply......So, if I should come across a silent violin or even just a regular one that I can afford, if I needed to have someone put on violin machine heads, do you do that via long distance, such as UPS to you & back. Would that cost a gazillion $$ or reasonable. I am 76 & on a fixed income, but this is on my wish list. I live in a very TINY TOWN & have no source close to me for such a thing. I don't need an expensive fiddle, just something I can play. I am so sorry now that I gave it away. I try to enjoy mandolin & guitar, not as much enjoyment as I fell in love with my fiddle....

Any thoughts on this possibility?

Apr 12, 2021 - 8:53:54 PM

389 posts since 3/1/2020
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Originally posted by jhfiddler

Thank you for your reply......So, if I should come across a silent violin or even just a regular one that I can afford, if I needed to have someone put on violin machine heads, do you do that via long distance, such as UPS to you & back. Would that cost a gazillion $$ or reasonable. I am 76 & on a fixed income, but this is on my wish list. I live in a very TINY TOWN & have no source close to me for such a thing. I don't need an expensive fiddle, just something I can play. I am so sorry now that I gave it away. I try to enjoy mandolin & guitar, not as much enjoyment as I fell in love with my fiddle....

Any thoughts on this possibility?


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Apr 14, 2021 - 1:12:40 AM
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5566 posts since 7/1/2007

I agree with the recommendation for Wittner Finetune pegs over machine heads. IME they are even easier to use for someone with compromised grip and hand mobility . Regarding a bow, it's easy enough to increase the diameter of the button with tape or rubber bands, or by attaching a larger button. It doesn't take much of an increase in diameter to decrease the effort a lot. Also might want to try lubricating the bow screw and button with paraffin (candle wax).

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