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Martinlover
01-26-2019, 12:30 PM
My $1.75 guitar tuner winder snapped mid wind. Any recommendations? Is the Planet Waves Ukulele winder/cutter/peg popper the way to go? Is it possible to buy one winder that lasts a lifetime?

Kenn2018
01-26-2019, 12:50 PM
Manual or for an electric drill?

I like my manual MusicNomad one a lot. Much more comfortable to use than the inexpensive plastic ones.
Amazon Listing: Music Nomad MN221 GRIP String Peg Winder, Rubber Lined and Dual Bearing

Jim Hanks
01-26-2019, 01:07 PM
$1.75? Just get another one. :p

Martinlover
01-26-2019, 01:55 PM
$1.75? Just get another one. :p

:biglaugh: I know it’s a little thing but I just don’t like buying plastic things that break.

Martinlover
01-26-2019, 02:00 PM
Manual or for an electric drill?

I like my manual MusicNomad one a lot. Much more comfortable to use than the inexpensive plastic ones.
Amazon Listing: Music Nomad MN221 GRIP String Peg Winder, Rubber Lined and Dual Bearing

I can imagine myself with a drill winder snapping strings left and right. :p
The Music Nomad looks just right. Thanks.

UkerDanno
01-26-2019, 02:19 PM
This works pretty good...:D:shaka:
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Joe King
01-26-2019, 02:29 PM
These are "on sale" now for $1, and maybe once a year, I'll add 1-2 of them to the cart when I order strings from this vendor:

https://sep.yimg.com/ay/stringsandbeyond/dunlop-gel-string-winder-assorted-colors-2.gif

https://www.stringsandbeyond.com/dunlopwinder.html

I think the first one lasted me 2 yrs before it broke and I was happy to have spares on hand, and the second one is going on 3 yrs now.

CommonCurt
01-26-2019, 03:35 PM
Manual or for an electric drill?

I like my manual MusicNomad one a lot. Much more comfortable to use than the inexpensive plastic ones.
Amazon Listing: Music Nomad MN221 GRIP String Peg Winder, Rubber Lined and Dual Bearing

I have the manual MusicNomad one also, and it is the best manual winders I've ever tried.

However I ended up getting a MuiscNomad GRIP Drill Bit & Black+Decker Cordless screwdriver combo, and I love it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M68GLAB/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004HY3APW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06__o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Martinlover
01-26-2019, 04:28 PM
These are "on sale" now for $1, and maybe once a year, I'll add 1-2 of them to the cart when I order strings from this vendor:

https://sep.yimg.com/ay/stringsandbeyond/dunlop-gel-string-winder-assorted-colors-2.gif

https://www.stringsandbeyond.com/dunlopwinder.html

I think the first one lasted me 2 yrs before it broke and I was happy to have spares on hand, and the second one is going on 3 yrs now.

Yep, this is like the one that broke. I had it about 2 years.

besley
01-26-2019, 04:48 PM
Well this one probably won't break after a few years - but then again it is $30.

https://img2.stewmac.com/product/images/43909/Waverly_Anniversary_String_Winder.jpg

https://img2.stewmac.com/product/images/43909/Waverly_Anniversary_String_Winder.jpg

Croaky Keith
01-26-2019, 10:52 PM
Is it possible to buy one winder that lasts a lifetime?

Fingers!

I use my fingers!

Why not....... there are only 4 strings....... doesn't take long, just get into a rhythm, & you're done. :D

Jim Hanks
01-27-2019, 02:25 AM
I use my fingers!

Why not....... there are only 4 strings....... doesn't take long, just get into a rhythm, & you're done. :D
There is that. Typically I use the winder more for taking off the strings and maybe a few turns going on. As soon as there is any real tension going on, I'll use my fingers to get up to pitch.

Jerryc41
01-27-2019, 02:48 AM
I can imagine myself with a drill winder snapping strings left and right. :p
The Music Nomad looks just right. Thanks.

Right! I can imagine the tuner gears smoking and the strings snapping and putting my eyes out. :D

Rllink
01-27-2019, 02:48 AM
Fingers!

I use my fingers!

Why not....... there are only 4 strings....... doesn't take long, just get into a rhythm, & you're done. :D

I think that if I had more ukuleles than three ukuleles and I changed strings more often than I do I would get one. I see the cheapies in a jar at the music store down the street and I am always tempted because they are so cheap and I think that it might be nice. Even a good one costs little more than the strings themselves. But then I think that it is just one more thing to keep track of and I back off. Fingers work.


There is that. Typically I use the winder more for taking off the strings and maybe a few turns going on. As soon as there is any real tension going on, I'll use my fingers to get up to pitch. When I'm taking the old ones off, I loosen them up a couple of turns so that they don't just snap and then snip them with a fingernail clippers.

Jerryc41
01-27-2019, 02:50 AM
These are "on sale" now for $1, and maybe once a year, I'll add 1-2 of them to the cart when I order strings from this vendor:

https://sep.yimg.com/ay/stringsandbeyond/dunlop-gel-string-winder-assorted-colors-2.gif

https://www.stringsandbeyond.com/dunlopwinder.html

I think the first one lasted me 2 yrs before it broke and I was happy to have spares on hand, and the second one is going on 3 yrs now.

Thanks for that. I ordered from them yesterday. Too bad I didn't know about these at the time. I'll have to place another $35 order to get free shipping.

Down Up Dick
01-27-2019, 03:20 AM
You UUers have waaaaay too much time on your hands. Go play the heck out of your ukes. That’s what they’re for, and not something to endlessly shop for and change and talk about.

Anybody can shop and hunt and buy and admire, but probably only a few can really play worth a darn.

Play, play, play . . . fix it when it breaks. (((I’m having a bad month . . . ))). :old:

Rllink
01-27-2019, 03:29 AM
You UUers have waaaaay too much time on your hands. Go play the heck out of your ukes. That’s what they’re for, and not something to endlessly shop for and change and talk about.

Anybody can shop and hunt and buy and admire, but probably only a few can really play worth a darn.

Play, play, play . . . fix it when it breaks. (((I’m having a bad month . . . ))). :old:

I know a woman, and I won't go so far as to call her a friend, but I know her well enough, and she collects violins and everything related to violins. As far as I know, she can't play them."

Jerryc41
01-27-2019, 04:01 AM
I just saw this on Strings and Beyond. Not bad for the price.

https://www.stringsandbeyond.com/erbapobapost.html

I can't post a picture of it. It comes up as an Attachment - which seems to be invalid. Well, it just appeared! :D :D :D

Jerryc41
01-27-2019, 04:03 AM
You UUers have waaaaay too much time on your hands. Go play the heck out of your ukes. That’s what they’re for, and not something to endlessly shop for and change and talk about.

This is coming from a man with almost 3,300 posts here. :D

(No offense intended)

Martinlover
01-27-2019, 04:38 AM
Well this one probably won't break after a few years - but then again it is $30.

https://img2.stewmac.com/product/images/43909/Waverly_Anniversary_String_Winder.jpg

https://img2.stewmac.com/product/images/43909/Waverly_Anniversary_String_Winder.jpg

This one looks strudy. I like that it seems to be metal parts and not plastic. Thanks.

mikelz777
01-27-2019, 05:10 AM
People here must spend a lot more time changing strings than I do. It doesn't happen frequently enough or isn't that inconvenient or burdensome for me that I could justify more than a $1-$2 cheap winder.

Down Up Dick
01-27-2019, 06:18 AM
This is coming from a man with almost 3,300 posts here. :D

(No offense intended)

Yeah, but Iíve been retired since 1976. I can play my instruments every day Ďtil my embouchure swells up or my fingers bleed! I got rid of my golf stuff, and I quit shooting archery. I donít lift weights anymore, and weíve sorta given up bicycling. Now Iím into Pen and Ink Drawing, and Iím back to walking too.

So I can post AND play. Iíve had lots of free time for a long, long time. :old:

Rllink
01-27-2019, 06:23 AM
Yeah, but I’ve been retired since 1976. I can play my instruments every day ‘til my embouchure swells up or my fingers bleed! I got rid of my golf stuff, and I quit shooting archery. I don’t lift weights anymore, and we’ve sorta given up bicycling. Now I’m into Pen and Ink Drawing, and I’m back to walking too.

So I can post AND play. I’ve had lots of free time for a long, long time. :old:I feel sad for young people who are busy and have to "find" time to play. :)

Down Up Dick
01-27-2019, 06:27 AM
I feel sad for young people who are busy and have to "find" time to play. :)

Yeah, life’s a bitch, and then ya die . . . :cheers: :old:

mikelz777
01-27-2019, 06:48 AM
Yeah, but I’ve been retired since 1976. I’ve had lots of free time for a long, long time. :old:

So you are 100+ years old? :confused::D

Down Up Dick
01-27-2019, 07:06 AM
So you are 100+ years old? :confused::D

No, I’m not 100+. I am somewhat less aged then that, but I’m on my way to it. All the more reason to play now. :old:

Kenn2018
01-27-2019, 08:33 AM
Yeah, life’s a bitch, and then ya die . . . :cheers: :old:

...And then they throw dirt on ya.

The winder makes changing strings on my 8-string go much faster.

I primarily use it to loosen and remove the strings.

I keep the plastic one in my uke case—just in case...

I looked at the StewMac, but couldn't bring myself to pay $30 for a string winder

CommonCurt
01-27-2019, 11:11 AM
If I only had one uke then I'd might not bother with a winder, but besides the ukes I also have to string 6 guitars & 2 basses.

Don't think I'll be going back to finger power :)

Martinlover
01-27-2019, 11:59 AM
Fingers!

I use my fingers!

Why not....... there are only 4 strings....... doesn't take long, just get into a rhythm, & you're done. :D

Right. :bowdown:

Down Up Dick
01-27-2019, 12:11 PM
I have one that I bought a long time ago, but I seldom use it. I don’t like the loose, wobbly way it works. It seems like one could over tighten if he/she wasn’t careful.

I’m a careful kinda guy and winding the string using the tuning peg seems carefuller to me. However, I’ll have to admit that I have overwound and snapped a few strings doin’ it my way too.

:old:

kerneltime
01-27-2019, 01:24 PM
My $1.75 guitar tuner winder snapped mid wind. Any recommendations? Is the Planet Waves Ukulele winder/cutter/peg popper the way to go? Is it possible to buy one winder that lasts a lifetime?
Franks cranks at Gryphon Strings are sublime!
https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products?taxonomy=Accessories&filter%5Baccessory_type%5D=accessories/Frank%20Ford%27s%20Corner

Martinlover
01-27-2019, 03:31 PM
Franks cranks at Gryphon Strings are sublime!
https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products?taxonomy=Accessories&filter%5Baccessory_type%5D=accessories/Frank%20Ford%27s%20Corner

Those are some pretty cranks. And expensive.
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peterbright
01-27-2019, 03:48 PM
When changing stings on multiple guitars at one time I use an Ernie Ball Power Peg...otherwise I use any cheap plastic winder in sight. After viewing this thread I really really really need a prettier manual one.

jelow1966
01-27-2019, 04:10 PM
Man, you all are so darn lazy :) I'd like to see you replace the 20 strings on a sitar, no winders, no geared tuners (except for a few modern studio/travel models) and the sympathetic strings are all inside the neck. Changing strings on a uke is about the easiest thing in the world compared to that. Which is of course why I always end up with really old strings on my sitars :)

John

bazmaz
01-27-2019, 10:24 PM
I had to do a double take here... four pages on peg winders? FOUR PAGES?

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Jerryc41
01-28-2019, 12:59 AM
I feel sad for young people who are busy and have to "find" time to play. :)

How about us old folks who struggle to find time to play? :D

Jerryc41
01-28-2019, 01:02 AM
I had to do a double take here... four pages on peg winders? FOUR PAGES?

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That surprised me, too. I guess this is a bigger topic than most people think. : )

I don't change strings just to experiment; I believe in leaving well enough alone. When the time comes - for anything - I like to have the right tools handy. I've bought pricey tools for a single (or double) use because hiring someone to do the job would have cost more.

About those winders for $1.00 - I wonder how many people thought that $1.00 got you the whole set of five. That would have been a good deal. : )

Jerryc41
01-28-2019, 01:04 AM
Those are some pretty cranks. And expensive.
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They are nice, but at $77 - $210, I'll pass..

When I was a kid, there was a "pretty crank" next door. She was a pretty young woman, but, boy, was she cranky! :D

Rllink
01-28-2019, 01:57 AM
I had to do a double take here... four pages on peg winders? FOUR PAGES?

115161

I know, it's crazy what gets traction here and what doesn't.

Rllink
01-28-2019, 01:59 AM
How about us old folks who struggle to find time to play? :D

I think that one deserves its own thread.

Martinlover
01-31-2019, 03:51 PM
Well this one probably won't break after a few years - but then again it is $30.

https://img2.stewmac.com/product/images/43909/Waverly_Anniversary_String_Winder.jpg

https://img2.stewmac.com/product/images/43909/Waverly_Anniversary_String_Winder.jpg

I was told by Stewmac that this winder doesn’t fit ukulele pegs.
And now it’s a 5 page thread on winders. But mostly because of big pictures. :rolleyes:

Swiftsailor98
02-01-2019, 06:50 AM
I found a D'Addario Planet Waves DP0002 Pro-Winder String Winder & Cutter for Guitar at my local music store. It fits my uke pegs and I liked the added feature of the cutter in the handle.

rrieth
02-03-2019, 01:43 PM
I like the planet waves tool as well. It has a third feature-a bridge pin puller. It is nice to have three tools in one. It is more expensive than the many cheapo winders but is more robust as well as being multi-featured.

peterbright
02-04-2019, 04:25 AM
https://i.imgur.com/X5CHVxb.jpg

Only $199.99

Jerryc41
02-04-2019, 05:35 AM
Only $199.99

It would be nice if they offered a complete set in different colors. How about seven colors - one for each day of the week? :D

peterbright
02-04-2019, 01:26 PM
Buy 7 and send them off to be anodized...problem solved...and wallet empty.

Rllink
02-06-2019, 03:59 AM
It just dawned on me that if I got one of those string winder bits with a hex shaft, it would probably fit my ratcheting screwdriver. That might be easier then turning a crank. I might actually give that a try if I can find a cheap enough bit.

merlin666
02-06-2019, 04:08 AM
My $1.75 guitar tuner winder snapped mid wind. Any recommendations? Is the Planet Waves Ukulele winder/cutter/peg popper the way to go? Is it possible to buy one winder that lasts a lifetime?

I have the Planet Waves multitool you mentioned and it does the job on my guitars that have different sized tuner knobs. Sometimes the winder slips off, so I tend to use it slow and diligently and not go wild. I have not tried any other winder so can't tell if it's any better or worse than others. I haven't tried it on any of my ukes, as I haven't worn out out a string set yet.

CommonCurt
02-06-2019, 05:06 AM
The main reason I like the music nomad winder/winder bit the most is because of it's soft rubber texture.
https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/tGsAAOSwNnRYi61K/s-l300.jpg

kerneltime
05-29-2019, 07:53 PM
Franks cranks at Gryphon Strings are sublime!
https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products?taxonomy=Accessories&filter%5Baccessory_type%5D=accessories/Frank%20Ford%27s%20Corner
I was looking for some other information and came across the blog post for this https://www.gryphonstrings.com/repair-post/making-franks-cranks/
There are awesome!

Jerryc41
05-29-2019, 10:34 PM
I was looking for some other information and came across the blog post for this https://www.gryphonstrings.com/repair-post/making-franks-cranks/
There are awesome!

It was nice of him to give us step-by-step directions. That looks like a nice little project for a rainy afternoon. : )

You can also buy one for $77.
https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/products/frank-fords-corner-frank-ford-franks-cranks-acrylic

Martinlover
05-30-2019, 01:31 AM
I was looking for some other information and came across the blog post for this https://www.gryphonstrings.com/repair-post/making-franks-cranks/
There are awesome!
Well that explains the price. Beautiful cranks.

70sSanO
05-30-2019, 08:33 AM
Unfortunately I still have a plastic one I got in the 70ís for guitars that still works. For my ukuleles it is a toss-up between having to go get it or using my fingers. I donít have the one below, but it looks pretty cool. However you probably need To be able to play ďwellĒ before using one in public.

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F18 1406538751

John

Rllink
05-30-2019, 08:42 AM
I got one of those winder bits with a quarter inch hex shaft that goes in an electric drill. It didn't cost much. I put it on a stubby ratcheting screwdriver. I like that better than trying to turn a crank.

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Also it doubles as a screwdriver as the bits are in the handle.

Jarmo_S
05-30-2019, 08:42 AM
I don't have one. Ukulele strings last forever. My 2 ukes have had martin fluoros a year perhaps. I know it is maybe time to change them, but they still sound good.

It is another thing if you are much a metal string guitar player, then those winders can offer something. To us uke players, just a fleeting thing once or twice a year.