Shortening pegs.

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StVitus
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Shortening pegs.

Postby StVitus » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:07 am

The big pegs on my surbahar stick out too far. Each one sticks out has 40 to 45 centimeters between the body and the peg head. This makes them rub against the sides of the case, which means they’re eventually going to break off if I need to transport the instrument in the case.

What’s a good way to shorten them? Can I wrap them in sandpaper, turn carefully, and then trim the narrow ends with an exacto saw? Would I need to buy a peg shaver? Does it make more sense to ream out the holes a bit with a cello reamer?

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Re: Shortening pegs.

Postby coyootie » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:55 pm

find a luthier. if you are not very good with woodworking and haven't worked on peg fitting, it's easy to make it worse.... that said, shortening the pegs is a good idea. If pegs are well fitted,they work fine.The problem is that 90% of the Indian made sitars I have ever encountered have poorly fitted pegs.

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Re: Shortening pegs.

Postby mizrable » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:22 am

if the pegs are well fitted and just protruding out too far i would go the route of the exacto saw. it wont change the fit

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Re: Shortening pegs.

Postby StVitus » Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:00 am

It’s the heads that point out too far. I was asking if I could narrow them to make them fit in deeper and then cut off the tips.

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Re: Shortening pegs.

Postby mizrable » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:48 pm

I see
im not sure what kind of case you have
but it may be possible to make a wedge out of foam that allows the instrument to rest in the case wat 20-30 degree angle which may help spare your pegs in transport.
to make such a wedge I recommend an electric turkey carving knife.

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Re: Shortening pegs.

Postby Sitarfixer » Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:33 pm

Your peg hole reamer / shaft taperer idea is the best, as long as you go reeeeeely easy with them. You'll end up with matched and rounded peg holes and shafts. Bonus - the pegs will turn smoother and hold better. Doing this operation by hand can be done but after trying to fix six packs of coke bottle peg shafts that look like they were whittled with a butter knife or piece of broken glass by unskilled hands, you may be better off taking the instrument to a luthier or somebody familiar with the necessary tools and a proven track record of quality work. The sandpaper shaft wrap trick to open the holes will work fairly well but you will most likely still need to do some hand sanding on the shafts as well. " Be vewwwwy caiwful " !


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