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    Preserving original pegs

    The phone rang late in the evening, one of the carved pegs on the Goldberg Ex Baron Vitta del Gesu was breaking at the collar.  A common fate for carved pegs that are too thin where the head joins the shaft.  The original pegs were beautifully carved and I decided to have a new set made.  I was looking to have the exact same design and specification - that said - with the exception of the narrow and weak collar.  If the turning tool was not to go all the way under the head profile, the peg would be a lot stronger.  But who could do it?

    I worked with a French company to have replicas made, unfortunately despite their good intent, they were not able to make high quality pegs.  Their set did not look right, and cracked at the collar after a while.

    This is when I met Aleksej Slobodyrev, a creative Russian violinist working in Hannover and making some of the most beautiful (and functional) accessories I have seen.  You can see a catalogue of his work at ergovio.  I found his titanium tuners equipped cello tailpieces to clearly improve the response of the higher register on several cellos.  Aleksej is clearly somebody who appreciates details and is thrilled by new challenges.

    He will make a new set of these pegs based on the cast I made of the original.  Note how the pin is carved and appears to be turned with the peg, the bean shape of the head is also quite thick at the bottom, which makes it comfortable to grip.  These are truly superb pegs.

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