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erich@muttcrew.net
10-18-2009, 01:57 AM
We're working on a tiny sopranino uke and wondering what tuners would be best suited. We have several sets of nice friction tuners, but they seem awful big and crowded on the sopranino's little baby sized head.

Does :anyone: know where we could get baby sized tuners?

Thanks,
Erich

Sigmund
10-18-2009, 02:11 AM
You could go with fractional sized violin pegs.

Lori
10-18-2009, 05:58 AM
Maybe you can find out where Mainland gets their tuners. They seem pretty small.

–Lori

Sven
10-21-2009, 09:55 AM
metmusic.com has a good selection of violin pegs. I use 1/4 size but for a sopranino 1/8 would be fine as well. They also sell those reamers, and you can get a smaller reamer for those sizes.

Sven

erich@muttcrew.net
10-21-2009, 10:55 AM
Thanks for the tips, everyone. I'll check your suggestions and post pics of the results.

Cheers :cheers:
Erich

Timbuck
10-23-2009, 10:27 AM
Which bit do you find large the Button or all of it ?..I sometimes reduce the size of the buttons.
From this.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0828.jpg
Down to.
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This.
http://i219.photobucket.com/albums/cc143/shiregreenbod/PICT0834.jpg

Matt Clara
10-23-2009, 10:41 AM
Which bit do you find large the Button or all of it ?..I sometimes reduce the size of the buttons.


Nice work!

camface
10-23-2009, 11:53 AM
Is there a way to make your own buttons? Like replace the ones that come with the ones you buy?

erich@muttcrew.net
10-23-2009, 12:38 PM
Which bit do you find large the Button or all of it ?..I sometimes reduce the size of the buttons...


Sweet!

We actually considered reducing the button size, although I'm sure we could not have done nearly as good a job as you. But really, everything needs to be smaller, not just the buttons.

erich@muttcrew.net
10-23-2009, 12:42 PM
Is there a way to make your own buttons? Like replace the ones that come with the ones you buy?

Here, here. I've asked so many suppliers if they could provide tuners with ebony or rosewood buttons, but no joy so far...

Matt Clara
10-23-2009, 04:22 PM
Here, here. I've asked so many suppliers if they could provide tuners with ebony or rosewood buttons, but no joy so far...

What I'd like to see are tuners other than silver or gold. It's like a Christmas song. How about antiqued brass?

camface
10-23-2009, 05:08 PM
It doesn't seem like it would be too complicated, though I don't know how the tuners work really. What happens when you screw off the end screw? Would the button pop off? I may be in dreamland, but it seems like you could then fashion your own buttons and pop them on, screw the screw back in. They might not look at professional, but you could do a good number with scraps of wood. Maybe some of the luthiers in here wouldn't mind sending some scraps out to someone willing to give this a shot.

EDIT:

http://www.moorebettahukes.com/Rick_Vito_006.jpg

Those look like wood!

erich@muttcrew.net
10-24-2009, 12:37 AM
What I'd like to see are tuners other than silver or gold. It's like a Christmas song. How about antiqued brass?

You're so right. I have also asked about antique finishes, but evidently the market is not there.

I've been talking to my brother-in-law about making our own tuners - he has all the machinery, training and experience to do that kind of stuff. The advantage would be that we might be able to use alternative materials and also experiment with different sizes, designs, etc.

EdLew1s
10-26-2009, 06:31 AM
You could just get them from Hana Lima 'Ia. They have small tuners!!

http://www.hanalimastore.com/servlet/the-92/Gotoh-SG381-Mini-Tuners/Detail