I am in exactly the same position as Stephen and confirm that everything he says about pegs and the problems with tuning is true - however - I positively enjoy the lighter feel of 19th century instruments and baroque guitar as I feel that it informs both my technique and my attitude towards the compositions - but perhaps it's just a trick of the mind?Stephen Kenyon wrote:There are pegs on my Panormo and Batov baroque guitar ...If I was commissioning a new Panormo or similar, it would have machines.
Playing real or copied early instruments really does feel so different it makes one play the music differently (though I'm sure that applied to some of the early playing-lute-like-a-guitar exponents). I'd say everything is a trick of the mind in the end!
Stephen pointed out the different feel of playing on peg-tuned instrument - for me that's a positive.vesa wrote:Interesting question. What´s the gain? Would the sound be more interesting with wood pegs?
Yes I know this technique of touching up the tuning while playing. Probably not going to work with pegs.vesa wrote: ↑Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:34 pmTuning with machine heads is easier, faster and you only need your
left hand to do it while you can remain in your normal playing posture.
2. In concerts: When I perform I use strings only 2-3 days old with the risk that tuning goes down while playing. So sometimes I have to tune it while playing and this has to be done without disturbing the audience (you have to keep the beat). In larger works you change the tuning quite often between the movements and the length of the pause between the movements should be defined by the timing music needs and not by guitarist ability to tune his instrument or the machine heads. Sometimes you need to even change the tuning in the middle of the piece e.g. 1 1/2 turns up from D to E during a 1/8 pause - no way with a wooden peg.
Interesting question. What´s the gain? Would the sound be more interesting with wood pegs?