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    Default Mya Moe tuners switch out

    My Mya Moe Tenor came with the standard machine head turners "rabbit ears". I got it used. Is it possible to change them to Pegheads? Has anyone done it before? Seems to me the result may not be good due to the screw holes on the back of the headstock. Maybe I am just looking for someone to tell me it is futile...
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    Mya Moe Classic Koa #2052

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    Hoffmann ML Style Cedar/Ebony, LoPrinzi Nova MS-C Mahogany/Spruce, , Knaile'a KPA C Premium Koa, Kiwaya KMC-K Koa, Pono RC-C-PC Cedar/Rosewood, Kala Waterman KA CWB Green

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    Lanikai LU-21 Laminate Mahogany (My Very First Uke!), Kamaka Pineapple 100th Anniversary Koa, Maui Music SK-41 "Pre-Fire" Koa, Romero Creations XS Soprano Spalted Mango, Ohana SK 50G Cedar/Rosewood, Kala KA ASAC-S Acacia

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    Hi, Lapyang! Gotoh UPT is similar to Pegheads. I have a thread of Gotoh UPT. This thread might help you a bit.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...otoh-UPT-Tuner
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    I have never used Pegheds but actually own one for the fifth string of a banjo - never installed. Their reputation is excellent but my research showed them difficult to install well. I particularly like the nickel ones as opposed to the black ones. On the other hand I have installed three sets of the Gotoh UPT tuners and they are truly impeccable. I have them on an old player Martin, my Kamaka gold label and a Maybell banjo ukulele. I have used Gotoh planetarium on banjos for years. The quality is amazing.

    PS - I think that the rabbit ear look is sort of odd, but I have a few that have these and am not offended. The planetary form of tuning machine is so well reliable that it both keeps something of the look of friction tuners AND they are much easier to use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zztush View Post
    Hi, Lapyang! Gotoh UPT is similar to Pegheads. I have a thread of Gotoh UPT. This thread might help you a bit.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...otoh-UPT-Tuner
    I know, actually it was AFTER looking at you post that inspired me to start this post. Thanks zztush.
    Tenor:
    Mya Moe Classic Koa #2052

    Concert:
    Hoffmann ML Style Cedar/Ebony, LoPrinzi Nova MS-C Mahogany/Spruce, , Knaile'a KPA C Premium Koa, Kiwaya KMC-K Koa, Pono RC-C-PC Cedar/Rosewood, Kala Waterman KA CWB Green

    Long Neck Soprano:
    KoAloha KSM-02 Koa

    Soprano:
    Lanikai LU-21 Laminate Mahogany (My Very First Uke!), Kamaka Pineapple 100th Anniversary Koa, Maui Music SK-41 "Pre-Fire" Koa, Romero Creations XS Soprano Spalted Mango, Ohana SK 50G Cedar/Rosewood, Kala KA ASAC-S Acacia

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    I think the holes for the geared tuners are to big and for Peg Hed tuners the hole needs to be tapered. we use a lot of PegHed tuners on our Ukes they are great
    Perry Bullinger
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    I have a Mya-Moe Baritone and I was thinking of swapping the tuners too but I want to swap them because it just won't stay in tune at all. I'm constantly tuning it and it is very frustrating. Old strings, new strings doesn't matter.

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    You would have to fill the screw holes. If the tuner holes are too big or not tapered, you might have to have someone fill them and re drill. A decent luthier should be able to do these things so you would barely notice the repair.

    I have had Pegheds in the past and they work amazingly well. They are light and work very smoothly. I much prefer the look of standard friction tuners, Pegheds or similar over the "ears"

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    A friend has a Mya Moe and disliked the Pegheds. He sent it in and Aaron swapped them out for Gotoh. I'm not saying anything about Pegheds, it was his opinion. I am saying talk to Mya Moe. He had to pay for the tuners and a small fee, and he got the Pegheds back (and gave them to me). They will be able to answer your question best.
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    Thanks for all the input. I think I will leave the tuners as they are for now. The idea that DIY will devalue the uke does not sit well with me. I prefer the peghed/gotoh look over rabbit ears, but it is not a huge deal. The other alternative may be having Mya Moe do the work, so psychologically, it is "factory installed".
    Tenor:
    Mya Moe Classic Koa #2052

    Concert:
    Hoffmann ML Style Cedar/Ebony, LoPrinzi Nova MS-C Mahogany/Spruce, , Knaile'a KPA C Premium Koa, Kiwaya KMC-K Koa, Pono RC-C-PC Cedar/Rosewood, Kala Waterman KA CWB Green

    Long Neck Soprano:
    KoAloha KSM-02 Koa

    Soprano:
    Lanikai LU-21 Laminate Mahogany (My Very First Uke!), Kamaka Pineapple 100th Anniversary Koa, Maui Music SK-41 "Pre-Fire" Koa, Romero Creations XS Soprano Spalted Mango, Ohana SK 50G Cedar/Rosewood, Kala KA ASAC-S Acacia

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