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BigJackBrass
02-18-2018, 08:22 AM
As something of a test run for doing the same to my Mele Concert uke I switched the geared guitar-style tuners on my tenor Moselele Bambookulele for a set of friction pegs bought from andybanjo (http://www.andybanjo.com/trolleyed/13/23/27/159/163/index.htm). These seem to be similar or identical to the Leader tuning pegs sold by Eagle Music, although a little cheaper.

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Quality looks pretty decent and they turn very smoothly. Ordinarily I'm not particularly a fan of gold, but these suit the colours of the Bambookulele rather well. They may be a little heavy for the Mele, though, weighing in at about 16g per peg. All in all, a very successful exercise.

Schroeder
02-22-2018, 06:54 PM
How is that tenor Bambookulele? I've got a concert Bambookulele I use for busking-- loud but not loud enough.

BigJackBrass
02-22-2018, 11:32 PM
Surprisingly pleasant tone and loud enough for my purposes (I bought it to give playing tenor a try, as I mainly play soprano), but it's not especially loud. A couple of my sopranos can outdo it for sheer volume.

robinboyd
02-23-2018, 12:30 AM
What wood is your Mele Concert? I love my Mango one.

BigJackBrass
02-23-2018, 12:50 AM
What wood is your Mele Concert? I love my Mango one.

Mahogany. It was a very unexpected and generous gift from an old friend; and to be honest I think I would have passed it by in the shop simply because it wasn't a soprano and had geared tuners (I've softened my pro-soprano stance a little, but still dislike guitar-style tuners). I've grown to really like it though.

It helps that it's quite a small concert, and the rather imperfect level of finish is not at all reflected in the quality of tone. It's one of those instruments I can easily find myself abstractly plucking at simply to hear it. Unfortunately it seems to have developed a buzz on the C string, which I haven't pinned down yet. Current suspect is the string rattling in the nut, so I'll be trying different strings. Incidentally, the Mele now sports a set of Gotoh UPTs (decided to indulge rather than use friction pegs) and they are quite superb.