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David Farmer
09-16-2016, 06:17 AM
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ProfChris
09-16-2016, 07:13 AM
The body shape suggests a Regal, maybe 1930s. But the headstock (it would help to see it properly) looks a bit different, as does the square end to the fretboard. Was the headstock originally bound?

Here's the nearest comparator I could find in a quick search:

http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.co.uk/2016/07/1930s-regal-made-mahogany-soprano.html

Regal made a huge variety of models, and also made ukes for others, so if this was from a small batch produced for, say, a small chain of shops, this might be the only survivor!

Nice looking mahogany.

Timbuck
09-16-2016, 08:40 AM
Yes ProChris is correct..Again....Here is the one he missed ;) http://antebelluminstruments.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/c1930-regal-made-mahogany-soprano.html

David Farmer
09-16-2016, 11:50 AM
Thanks' so much! That's the one. 30's Regal. There is a decorative rabbet around the peghead not a binding ledge
I've been looking for replacement tuners that don't require enlarging the holes much as they are very close to the edge.
The old buttons are disintegrating.


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This is my first post on the forum. is there a trick to getting pictures to appear in the post instead of as attachments?

Thanks again.

Titchtheclown
09-16-2016, 12:39 PM
Sadly the market for replica tuning pegs is such that your options are:
Fill holes and fit your choice of new tuners
Literally the cheapest tuners you can find on ebay.
Making your own.

I see you are down to 3 original shafts. Hand carving new buttons can be more than tricky.

PhilUSAFRet
09-16-2016, 12:58 PM
Doesn't exactly look like the originals tuning pegs.

spongeuke
09-16-2016, 01:00 PM
I've got a set (not new) that are in good condition. Send a PM if interested.

Timbuck
09-16-2016, 09:32 PM
If you read all the blurb that goes with this you will see that the tuners have been replaced by the seller http://antebelluminstruments.blogspo...y-soprano.html they look like standard uke tuners that come from taiwan.

David Farmer
09-17-2016, 10:12 AM
If you read all the blurb that goes with this you will see that the tuners have been replaced by the seller http://antebelluminstruments.blogspo...y-soprano.html they look like standard uke tuners that come from taiwan.

Yeah, they look like Grover champion tuners to me.
I decided to just try and buy a little more time and filled the cracking buttons w/ black epoxy.
If I have to I'll use these94315 without the bushings. just a slight hole enlargement.
Hideous looking though.

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David Farmer
09-17-2016, 10:20 AM
I've got a set (not new) that are in good condition. Send a PM if interested.

Thanks for the offer! The shafts on mine that run in the peghead holes measure .140" is that the size you have?

spongeuke
09-17-2016, 02:23 PM
I measure mine a .138 OK? Here is a picture of one that matches your other 3.
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spongeuke
09-20-2016, 04:46 PM
The corrosion you see will buff right out showing just the brass base as is the case on the other ones you have. You can just replace the washer with a new one. The vintage market being what it is, You won't be loosing value by installing a more modern tuner even with a little reaming to accommodate the knurl. If this is to be a regular player it is what I'd do.
If you want the tuner pictured, Its yours for the price of Postage.