Looking good in the History channel's "How the States Got Their Shape" program. I bet if there had been bullets, youd have won ;D I heard you were to appear in a program, but was unaware which one. I was pleasantly surprised, much to the chagrin of the other viewers, to see a recognizable face.
Not sure if you will see this here so please excuse the double note if I send it to the museum also. Anyway I broke a tuning peg on "the last banjo from St. Louis" down in Manassas. It looked like a standard violin peg but the one I got from Elderly Instruments was close but not exact (diameter too big). Do you recall where you were getting them back then? Is it a 1/2 size violin peg maybe?
Dave Culgan, Camptown Shakers
PS glad you had slotted the pegs instead of drilled. I was able to play the gigs tuning with a pocket knife in the slot on top, the peg broke off flush with the bottom of the peg head.
If it just a matter of diameter then that is due to the fitting process, not the peg.
When a peg is fitted, it is shaved down in what looks like a big pencil sharpener. This is done since most pegs are slightly out of round and hive high and low spots. After the hole is drilled in the peg head, a reamer is placed in the hole and the hole takes the exact taper of the peg-shaper. Because of this, no two pegs are exactly the same diameter since both the hold and the final peg shape are individually done. In order to re fit a peg, it much go through the same process. If the button on the peg is the same size as the original, then it is likely that the peg simply needs to be shaped. Any show that does violin work can do this in about a minute at little or no charge.
Yeah, its the diameter, otherwise the replacement peg looks just like the original. I'll need to find someone with a peg shaper. Its just a little too big but I undertstand about the taper needing to be maintained, can't just sand it down. Thanks.