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    Default Loar tail piece pin

    The strap peg that goes through the tail piece on my Loar keeps falling out. I have come very close to dropping the mandolin when this comes out. What do I need to do to secure it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilca View Post
    The strap peg that goes through the tail piece on my Loar keeps falling out. I have come very close to dropping the mandolin when this comes out. What do I need to do to secure it?
    wrap a tiny piece of paper around the pin and re_insert while twisting.
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    Default Re: Loar tail piece pin

    A little dab of clear fingernail polish will work as well and it will still be removable in the future if need be.
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    Default Re: Loar tail piece pin

    This isn't a new problem by any means. We probably have several dozen threads that mention it.

    If it continues to be a problem you can get yourself a little insurance by using the Hans Brentrup method of attaching the strap. This is a great way to make sure that if it does come out again the mandolin won't drop.
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    +1 on this!

    One of the best practical tips I've gotten from the cafe over the years. No more worries since I saw Mike or somebody posted this a long while back and I executed it a few years ago. Safety lanyard for the strap.

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    Great suggestions, I like the lanyard idea. Thanks!

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    Low household humidity may cause wood shrinkage and the end-pin then becomes loose. Raise the humidity and/or follow the good suggestions above.

    Not to belittle your problem, but this issue shows up every year during the heating, low humidity season. What's the humidity where you store the instrument?
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    I live in Georgia and the humidity can change a lot from summer to winter. That being said the problem started in the summer, high humidity season. I wetted the peg and tried to replace it but it continued to be loose. The lanyard gives me the means to live with it.

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