My Violin/Viola won't hold a tune- what can I do?
The viola is a wooden instrument, and the wood is affected by changes in climate and humidity, which make the wood swell or shrink. This is normal for violins and violas.
The tuning pegs are "friction" pegs, which means that they hold the tension of the string based on the friction of the wooden peg in the headstock hole. If either the peg or headstock shrink due to weather/humidity conditions, then the peg may slip in the hole. This is normal and common with violins and violas.
The normal solution is a compound called "peg dope", which is sold (very inexpensively) at most violin shops and many music stores. We do not carry this accessory at the Music Motel at this time, but it is commonly available at most brick & mortar shops and also online. Applying a small amount of this peg dope "paste" to the tuning peg and then re-inserting the peg in the headstock hole will restore the friction and the viola will hold the tuning.
Peg dope is something that you should keep on hand at all times, just like bow rosin.
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