The Peg Ringer is a tool that repairs one of the most difficult breaks in a violin - the peg hole break. Most often seen on A-pegs in a violin; this repair typically requires significant wood replacement to obtain a reliable repair.
The tool itself consists of a steel shaft, a circular saw and two centering sleeves to allow milling the groove concentric to the peg hole. An initial set of stainless steel or carbon fiber rings is included. All parts are made from hardened tool steel.
Replacement parts are also available for sale individually, as wear and tear require.
It has multiple uses:
Repair of peg hole cracks from inside the cheek. No wood needs to be replaced.
Preventing peg hole cracks in existing violins. The ring can be exposed or hidden.
Adding rings to new instruments to prevent future cracks. Rings can be inserted around any peg. Sizes available for all instruments having pegs
Inserting rings on both faces of the lower block to prevent splitting from button or endpin stress. The larger cello cutter is used for this application.
Re-attachement of torn back tabs as a substitute for “bathtub” patches.
How To Use
Clean and glue crack and clamp firmly.
Insert the Peg Ringer assembly inside the peg box
Manually compress the centering sleeves on both sides of the shaft.
Turn the shaft with an electric drill to mill a 2-3 millimeter deep groove on the inside of the peg cheek, concentric to the broken peg hole.
Remove the Peg Ringer assembly
Insert a metal or carbon fiber ring into the groove.
Glue ring in place with a hard, permanent glue. Epoxy, Cyano acrilate and water-proof wood glues have been used.
Use a wood filler to fill the groove level with the cheek and touch-up to blend with the background. Touch-up the outside crack area.
The Peg Ringer for violin/viola
Cello cutter (15mm OD)
Stainless Steel or Carbon fiber ring - violin/viola
Stainless Steel or Carbon fiber ring - cello
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The Peg Ringer Shaft and Cutting Heads
The Assembled Peg Ringer Tool
The Peg Ringer Tool Disassembled
A Cracked Peg Box In Need of Repair
The Peg Ringer in Position to Perform the Cut
Cut Grooves Exactly Concentric to the Peg Holes
Also Used to Repair and Support End Blocks, As Shown
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