Are some viola tuning pegs the same size as 4/4 violin tuning pegs?

Asked by: Keith Venegas

There are different sizes of pegs for violas, but they are not really standardized. And a thick violin peg will fit some viola, but the head is likely to be a bit smaller. The taper of the pegs also needs to match the taper of the holes, otherwise tuning will be somewhere in between difficult and impossible.

Are violin and viola pegs the same?

They look the same, but without measurements, there is no way to be sure they are exactly the same as the French style violin pegs Fiddlershop sells.

Are all pegs on a violin the same size?

Violin pegs are available in the following sizes: 0.5mm, 7.3mm, 11.00mm, 12.00mm, 34.00mm, 37.5mm, 38.00mm, and 37.00mm. Other sizes are available based on the violin size, such as 7.8mm for 4/4 and ¾-1/2 violins, 8.5mm for 4/4 and larger violins, and 9.00mm for 4/4 and larger violins.

How are violin pegs measured?

Taking measurements

  1. Measure the diameter of all the peg holes.
  2. Measurements should be made at the point where the peg enters the peg box on the peg head side (your luthier would take these measurements before ordering and fitting the pegs).

How should violin tuning pegs fit?

Inside each hole where that collar is going to be and so once again it's going to be two holes on one side of the peg hole. And two holes on the other. And then you're going to take a q-tip.

Are violin and viola pegs the same size?

From 15 inch Violas and larger the tuning pegs are larger than violin. The 14 inch Viola corresponds in size to the 4/4 violin, and the 13 inch to the 3/4 violin. Tuning pegs are sold in “blanks” with the taper size large for cutting down to fit.

Do violas need fine tuners?

For beginners I recommend to have four fine tuners, so a fine tuner for every string. Tuning your violin or viola can be difficult in the beginning. When you have four fine tuners you can easily tune every string very precisely.

Are violin pegs interchangeable?

Tuning pegs are not generally interchangeable, so a new peg would have to be shaped and fitted to your instrument. This can be costly. Bring your instrument in to your luthier and see if he or she can fix it for you.

Can you replace violin pegs?

If you are not comfortable changing strings, take your instrument to a violin shop and ask them to show you. They won’t charge you and you’ll save yourself the trouble of breaking stuff. If the pegs are too small for the holes, take it to the shop and get new pegs.

Should I change my violin pegs?

Every violin that is played regularly will need replacement pegs at some point in the lifespan of the instrument. Variations in temperature and humidity cause the pegs to shrink and expand, and over time the wear and tear of these changes to the wood as well as general usage will result in the need to replace all pegs.

What do you call A person who plays the viola?

violist 1. / (vɪˈəʊlɪst) / noun. US a person who plays the viola.

How much does it cost to replace violin pegs?

Repair Price Estimates

Repair (For Violin and Viola) Cost Time and Materials
New Pegs (traditional) 4 $120 + cost of pegs 2 hours, $20-$150+
New Pegs (mechanical) 5 $160 1 hour, $100
Replace Tailpiece $30 .25 hours, $20 (Wittner)
Change Strings $10 (Free if purchased from Gig Violins)

How do you tune A viola with pegs?

You should however treat the peg like it is a screw. And when you tighten the string to raise the tuning. You should be turning the peg into the peg box as if you were turning a screw.

Can you use a violin tuner on a viola?

Violin/Viola Tuner

One of the most common ways to tune any instrument is the use of a tuner. A chromatic tuner will tune a violin/viola, but also any other instrument, and will often clip on the the violin/viola.

Why do violinists remove fine tuners?

Steel strings were cheap and used on student instruments. Therefore, steel strings and fine tuners became associated with the value of the instrument. And even when steel strings became more popular and well-made, the tradition of leaving only one fine tuner for the E-string on more expensive instruments stuck.

What note does violas tune?


The viola, which many believe to have predated the violin, is tuned to the notes C G D A with the lowest open string pitch being C and the highest pitch being A. The intervals C to G, G to D and D to A on a correctly tuned viola are all Perfect Fifth intervals.

What is the best viola tuner?

The Korg TM50BK Viola Tuner is our favorite viola tuner. It’s got a ton of features including both a tuner and a metronome. To tune your instrument, simply play the string you’re trying to tune and the needle on the screen will move to tell you whether the string is sharp or flat.

Which is bigger viola or violin?

1. The violin is smaller. It’s a simple one, but it’s a good place to start. A full-size violin is about 36 cm (14 inches), but a full-size viola is normally somewhere between 39 and 41 cm (15.5-16.5 inches).