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    Default Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    My Loar 310F Mandolin has a truncated peg that (with enough force) pulls out of the hole. It appears it's just held in with a firm press into the hole. The peg is truncated slightly, and the hole slightly smaller than the thickest part of the peg.

    The problem is, even when I press the peg all the way in, as far as it goes, it holds, but not near enough to where I feel comfortable. It feels like I am one wrong move away from it slipping out.

    Does anyone have any recommendation on how to have a better set up? I thought about wrapping a piece of paper around the peg, essentially increasing it's diameter for a more snug fit?
    Or a microscopic dab of glue. I don't plan on taking the pin off (only to replace the strap) but a small dab of glue can just pop off with a firm twist.
    Any other tricks of the trade?
    I was kind of hoping for some sort of threaded+screw mechanism but not in this price range I guess haha

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    Default Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    Followed Cafe advice and coated the press-in section w/ clear nail polish; it's held for 8 or 10 years so far. Be sure to let it dry thoroughly! I assume that mine would come out if needed, but haven't actually tried it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdHanrahan View Post
    Followed Cafe advice and coated the press-in section w/ clear nail polish; it's held for 8 or 10 years so far. Be sure to let it dry thoroughly! I assume that mine would come out if needed, but haven't actually tried it.
    Great idea! I knew there had to be a "trick of the trade" out there haha

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    Default Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    Tapered end pins have always been an issue. There are likely hundreds of answers but Ed's is as good as any of them. Han's Brentrup had a method that added some insurance to the problem even after you get the end pin to stay in.
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    Default Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    The end pegs are a carry over from Violins there the tension is consistent ..
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    Question Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    A proposed Hack: .. a tapered rubber 'cork' drilled down the center lengthways

    a wee nut glued to the rubber on the narrow end so it wont turn as you tighten
    the bolt, holding a regular kind of strap button on, from the outside ..

    as the bolt pulls the nut towards itself the rubber 'cork' gets wider..


    I think Weber did a thing like this , maybe to mandolins returned to acoustic service
    after pickup output jack was removed , as that bored out hole is not tapered..




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    Default Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    I like the fingernail polish idea! I had the same issue with my new Kentucky 276 a week or so ago. I wound 3-4 layers of plumbers teflon tape and pressed it firmly in. It's holding good now but if it should fail I'll try the polish trick.

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    Default Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    Weber simply used an off the shelf hardware product called a well nut coupled with some other (I assume) off the shelf items. I was never sure if they used a banjo resonator bolt or a lamp part. It was a stroke of genius and should be done by others but you need to get the correct diameter to keep from destroying your tail block.
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    Default Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    You could always follow Collings’ example and glue it in. ... but I wouldn’t personally reccommend this.

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    Default Re: Mandolin Strap Peg - Slipping out

    I did the same as Ed says above and it worked beautifully.
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