Hi, I just got new strings and am tuning them every time I turn around. How long until they kind of calm down and settle in? Second question, I guess I’m not good at tuning, because I’m wearing out the thread on the fine tuners. Are these easy to replace on your own? Are they universal for any fiddle or specific?
First answer, it depends on your fiddle and string type, but you can expect it to be about five days before it settles in. Second answer, I believe they are universal, and easy to replace, although I don’t think it’s normal for the threads to wear out 🤔 hope this helps
I don’t think it’s normal for the threads to wear out either. Do you have them all the way screwed in maybe? If so, unscrew them about half way and try to get a balance with the pegs/fine tuners so they stay about halfway unscrewed.
What Gunnar and Angela said , You can also rub pencil lead against the fine tuner threads to lubricate and make them easy to turn , You can also replace your tuning pegs with Wittner geared pegs and make your violin a dream to tune !
If you don’t wanna put geared pegs in, you can also just apply some peg dope to the pegs whenever you change strings…it just makes tuning from the pegs a lot easier…maybe won’t need to rely on the fine tuners as much.