"I liked the look of violin pegs, but you could certainly use something else.
I've experimented with metal and nylon. I prefer nylon. there's enough potential for harshness and nylon seemed to have a softer, more pleasant effect.
"Thank you for the detailed answer. I am thinking a Diatonic version, in D, similar to the Medieval Symphonies. ‘Twould simplify it a bit. I do like 4 strings though, I am also thinking that guitar tuners, or even…"
"it is playable, but I might go simpler next time. e.g., one melody, one drone, and maybe straight G scale with no sharps/flats, etc.. There's a lot going on. You have to really tweak it a lot. tuning, tension adjust (too much string/wheel…"
"Wow, this is a very good build. I just procured an old fiddle case that is very similar to yours. What did you make the wheel out of? In general, do you feel that it is playable? I really like your hand wheel too! That…"
Mad respect for Shane. Many great tips that I have used. And I understand the goal of making and selling for income. Though I sometimes have two and possibly three projects going at a time, if I'm not careful, I risk building the same guitar over and over. For me, The less I make it a time the more original and one of a kind they turn out to be. Sort of like having kids one at a time instead of quintuplets. So I try to use different wood, sometimes drastically different boxes and shapes,… Continue