Kivun Kal is artisan peg compound made in Israel by luthier Avraham Amar. Kivun Kal translates from Hebrew as "Easily Tuned"
Getting to the perfect sound is an on-going journey. Every little thing matters. The material from which your instrument was built, the bridge, the strings, the weight of the tailpiece, the bow, and of course, you. However, with the frequent changes in weather and humidity conditions, the wood continuously expands and contracts and the pegs might slip in the most inconvenient and unexpected moments.
Most peg pastes address dealing with stiff peg motion and apply lubrication, focusing more on smooth turning. Kivun Kal is different. It balances smoothing peg motion with keeping them in place so you can trust your instrument anywhere. Anytime.
Amar has been a violin maker and restorer for over 30 years. Many violinists have come to him over the years for advice about pegs that were either too stiff or too loose as none of the existing peg pastes exhibited the necessary balance. It has been his pet project for years, trying and playing around with different compounds. Kivun Kal is the fruit of these efforts and will allow you to get to your desired sound and keep it there, come what may.
Perfect for Violin, Viola, or Cello
This is good stuff. I am a novice and when i had to install new strings on my Fiddlershop violin, I used the Kivun Kal Peg paste when installing and it works wonders. My strings stay in better tune (no slip on the pegs) and they are easy to turn.
A little dab worked miracles resulting in smooth tuning. Has an almost silky feel to it. Applied it to several pegs on several violins with the same smooth result. I think this product was worth the price.
I was surprised to see the words kivun kal coming from fiddlershop! I instantly translated it in my mind as "easy tuning". Maybe that's more accurate as well as making sense. (i still want to get back to you about the beautiful bow you sent me).
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