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    Default Pegheads, advice wanted for old uke

    Despite the purist advice of my luthier, I just decided the other day that I want a set of Pegheads for my 20's Weymann sop. This light as a feather old uke has a wonderful loud and warbley vintage sound, but she sits unplayed because of those wooden pegs from hell.

    I missed those Pegheads Teri sold... thought I'd better just ask if anyone else has a set?

    If not, where should I buy them, or does anyone else have a recommendation for replacement tuners?

    I'm assuming that the wood pegs have a wider hole than other good quality friction pegs - is that the case?
    (I can't drop in Gotoh planetary tuners or even other friction tuners without filling the hole first and re-drilling, right?
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    I'd look at a set of Gotoh UPTs, seemed smoother than Pegheads, at least to me. Plus, easier to install, with a straight hole, instead of tapered for the Pegheads. Plus the UPTs cover old washer marks under their housing. On the Pegheads I had, the old tuner marks could be seen on the back. But, if you gotta have the violin peg look, Pegheads are it.
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    Also, Bill (TheCraftedCow) UU member sells them. He has both the short and long versions. UPT are a good option, but a bit heavier compared to the Pegheads. Pegheads will have more of a 20's look about them if you want them to look like the wooden ones.
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    Martin 1-T 1940s
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    Yeah, I would check with Pohaku. If you don't want to fuss, have a good luthier do it.

    I used to have pegheds and loved them.

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    I love the look of pegheds. I have wavered on this for a couple of older instruments and decided that these are "player" instruments rather than collector's pieces. I do have the luthier's reamer that is needed - bought on Amazon and made in China - and it is ideal for a lot of other things too. I have used the GOtoh upt tuners as this look similar to the planetaries that I am used to on old banjos. In my opinion the Pegheds are the best looking upgrade you can make.
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    I have PegHeds on my new Firefly Tenor banjo uke, and am not impressed. If I had it to do over again I would save the $70 upgrade fee and get Gotohs instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    I have PegHeds on my new Firefly Tenor banjo uke, and am not impressed. If I had it to do over again I would save the $70 upgrade fee and get Gotohs instead.
    Specifically what is it about the PegHeds that you don't like? I'm sure I'm not the only one that would appreciate a firsthand account of their potential drawbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukeinfused View Post
    Despite the purist advice of my luthier, unplayed because of those wooden pegs from hell.
    Your Luthier must not be capable of setting a wooden peg. I've found that one set well and doped tune as smoothly as any metal friction tuner. Talk to a violin repairman.
    Last edited by spongeuke; 12-07-2017 at 09:46 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by besley View Post
    I have PegHeds on my new Firefly Tenor banjo uke, and am not impressed. If I had it to do over again I would save the $70 upgrade fee and get Gotohs instead.
    I ended up buying three sets of Gotoh upts and have not been disappointed. For me the factors were familiarity and price. I love and trust Gotoh tuners as I have played banjo and refitted many. Their cost from Hawaii was $59 per set plus postage. The Pegheds looked tricky to fit, though I now own the correct reamer. I have never handled an instrument set up with Pegheds, though I have a fifth string one hanging around and love the engineering. I am particularly enamored of the nickel Pegheds - they fit a thicker headstock than is normal on most ukuleles and they are yet more expensive. The Gotoh upts are now standard on many Kamakas. I fitted a set on my gold label Kamaka pineapple and love them.

    The Weymann banjos are a delight and the Gotoh make a great upgrade and look "right." On a soprano uke, I am not so sure - that has to be your choice.
    Martin c. 1934
    Martin OXK
    Kamaka pineapple gold label - 1950s
    Mele pineapple - koa and mahogany - modern
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Slingerland banjolele Maybell - 1920s

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