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Peg??

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by Paul Warburton, Aug 27, 2003.


  1. I've been posting on TB for about two weeks. I really love this site.I've been playing the double bass for over 45 years.
    There's something that's been bothering me. Call me a purist, or a grouchy old man, but i've been seeing the word "peg" being used alot to describe: 1)The long, adjustable spike on the end of your bass, actually called the end-pin.
    2) The machines or tuners at the top of your bass, just called the machines.
    There..I got it off my chest! Thanks alot,
    Paul
     
  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    I've seen "tuning peg" ?
     
  3. tsolo

    tsolo

    Aug 24, 2002
    Ft. Worth
    Then why is the opening under the scroll called a peg box? ;)
     
  4. I didn't know it was. Anyway, the other three members of the string family may have "peg boxes", because they DO have pegs TUNING PEGS. The double bass does not have tuning pegs. It has machines!
     
  5. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Doesn't that depend on the bass in question - so people playing "period instruments" might well have tuning pegs?
     
  6. I Know violones', gambas and other "period instruments have pegs. Certainly, alot of German basses have wooden shafts, with the pegs sticking out, but they are still machines.
    I really didn't want to start an arguement. Some people call double bass fingerboards "fretboards" that drives me a little nuts too, as does calling the scroll the "headstock"
    These are just little things that bother me, but in no way would give me a nervous breakdown.
    Paul
     
  7. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    This is what happens when things get slow on talkbass. I would think that Paul's avatar is much more worthy of discussion.
     
  8. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    You'd think at the very least he'd tell us what kind of rosin he's using. I'll bet it's not Pops.
     
  9. Jeff Bollbach

    Jeff Bollbach Jeff Bollbach Luthier, Inc.

    Dec 12, 2001
    freeport, ny
    The key is connected to the keyshaft......the keyshafts' connected to the wo-orm.....the worm is connected to the worm gear....the worm gears' connected to the gear shaft, and thats' the way it goes![a verse too long I know]

    A machine for sure, but one that resides in a "pegbox".
     
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Strange - just as yours always looked like a big dark, blue-green nipple to me - I didn't notice that avatar until you mentioned it - the picture was too small until I really looked at it!! :eek:

    Is that G-rated?
     
  11. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY

    If someone would blow it up and post a nice large picture of it, that ought to speed up the pulse of the DB side a bit. Besides, it's fun to say "Arcoerotic".

    Arcoerotic.

    ARCOEROTIC.

    :)
     
  12. Damon Rondeau

    Damon Rondeau Journeyman Clam Artist Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2002
    Winnipeg, baby
    "Arcoerotic" is a damn-sight better than "bum bowing".
     
  13. Although, very often in the orchestral world, we refer to the mechanical C extension as "the machine". Just to add one more bit of confusion into this discussion. :)
     
  14. hah. I always thought it was a piccolo. ;)
     
  15. When i was a kid, i use to wonder about those "Horst" C extensions. I thought they looked like flutes. The inventor, Alex Horst, lived here in Denver.
    Damon, i like bum bowing too.
     
  16. mje

    mje

    Aug 1, 2002
    Southeast Michigan
    As it was explained to me: Before they had tuning machines, basses had tuning pegs. That's what those big wooden shafts with knobs are on some tuning machines. The earliest machines were hybrids of a sort, that added a ring gear around a tuning peg, and a worm gear to drive it.
     
  17. I like your pinshot
    I keep it with your letter
    Done up in blueprint blue
    It sure looks good on you
     
  18. Tim Ludlam

    Tim Ludlam

    Dec 19, 1999
    Carmel, IN
    Okay, I get the Steely Dan reference. Very good, but what the heck's a pinshot? I have the Best of Steely Dan on my CD rotation in my car, and I always thought he says,...."I got your picture"

    Please enlighten me Mr. Goodbar so I am not one of these simpletons driving around singing..."S'cuse me while I kiss this guy." (Hendrix reference)

    Thanks
     
  19. Gluteus Arcimus?
     
  20. A pin shot is a cheesecake pin-up picture. Done up in blueprint "blue" may be referring to something of a more pornographic nature, but who knows with those guys?