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    Default Arthritis / Weak Hand Friction Peg Aid

    One of my Ukes has friction pegs and I’ve grown to prefer them to the geared type (I find them so quick and simple to use). However I know that some people struggle with finger strength and / or arthritis and so find that they cannot use friction pegs.

    A long time back someone here mentioned Violin Peg Turners and that idea has been at the back of my mind waiting for use. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Handcrafted.../dp/B00AM8T006). If you wish to make something functionally similar then a 6” length of some large doweling or old broom handle will do for raw material. At one end slot the dowel (along it’s length) to a width and depth to suit the tuner ‘button (I did something like 8.5 mm wide by 20 mm deep along the dowel length). You effectively have an open mortise into which the peg head slides. Grip the ’dowel’ lightly and twist very gently, it would be exceedingly easy to over tension a string or worse.

    I hope that my suggestion is a help to someone at some point.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 08-07-2019 at 05:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham Greenbag View Post
    One of my Ukes has friction pegs and I’ve grown to prefer them to the geared type (I find them so quick and simple to use). However I know that some people struggle with finger strength and / or arthritis and so find that they cannot use friction pegs.

    A long time back someone here mentioned Violin Peg Turners and that idea has been at the back of my mind waiting for use. (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Handcrafted.../dp/B00AM8T006). If you wish to make something functionally similar then a 6” length of some large doweling or old broom handle will do for raw material. At one end slot the dowel (along it’s length) to a width and depth to suit the tuner ‘button (I did something like 8.5 mm wide by 20 mm deep along the dowel length). You effectively have an open mortise into which the peg head slides. Grip the ’dowel’ lightly and twist very gently, it would be exceedingly easy to over tension a string or worse.

    I hope that my suggestion is a help to someone at some point.
    That's a great idea. I'll have to remember that. I run an assisted living, and though they don't play uke, I may be able to adapt that design for other things.

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