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tangimango
02-22-2014, 11:52 PM
i came across a rare ukulele book containing detailed info and pictures of mostly all vintage ukuleles around the world.

this was one of the coolest ukuleles ive seen.

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc100/S13evo/20140217_203946.jpg (http://s216.photobucket.com/user/S13evo/media/20140217_203946.jpg.html)

tangimango
02-22-2014, 11:53 PM
http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc100/S13evo/20140217_203927.jpg (http://s216.photobucket.com/user/S13evo/media/20140217_203927.jpg.html)

Concertina
02-23-2014, 01:38 AM
That's awesome! I've never seen anything like that!

Uke-Conn
02-23-2014, 02:38 AM
That's really interesting! A whole different concept for adjusting tension -

mr roper
02-23-2014, 03:14 AM
I think I've seen those on Portuguese instruments. http://www.mandolinluthier.com/fado_page.htm

UncleMoon
02-23-2014, 03:30 AM
If you want them for a build, you can order them here: http://www.folkreps.com/index.php/4-strings-portuguese-machine-heads-for-cavaquinho-peacock-tuners.html

Ukejenny
02-23-2014, 03:56 AM
Those remind me of the fine tuners on a violin. And if they work like fine tuners, you can split hairs upon hairs when tuning.

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The Big Kahuna
02-23-2014, 03:58 AM
Like the fine tuners on a Floyd Rose. Awesome! I'd love a custom uke with a set of those.

fynger
02-23-2014, 04:30 AM
They are Excellent....good price too.

I Ukulista
06-15-2014, 10:11 PM
They're called 'Preston tuners' and are used on original Portuguese instruments.

Jon Moody
06-16-2014, 12:08 AM
That's really interesting! A whole different concept for adjusting tension -

Actually, tension is based upon the string weight, scale length and the pitch you're tuning the string to, so these tuners will have no effect on that whatsoever. Given how they're made, how the string sits in the tuner and how you tune them, they may alter the feel of the string a bit (especially given the angle of the string coming off that tuner), but the tension will remain constant.



Those remind me of the fine tuners on a violin. And if they work like fine tuners, you can split hairs upon hairs when tuning.

+1

They also remind me of the tuners on headless guitars and basses (where the tuners are actually at the bridge). Those are finely tuned as well, so if you've got your action and intonation where you want it, these tuners will be awesome.

Dane
06-16-2014, 03:37 AM
They look heavy

Ukuleleblues
07-03-2014, 05:04 PM
I'd like to try those out.

rockyl
07-03-2014, 05:22 PM
I've seen tuners like that on Mountain Dulcimers.

Rick Turner
07-03-2014, 05:47 PM
They will not work for nylon strings...too much stretch factor.

Tuners like this were used on some early English citterns; they're standard on Portuguese guitarras; they're made for mandolins (8 strings); and obviously they're made for the ancestor of the uke, the Portuguese "machete" or Brazilian "cavaquinho"...that being a steel stringed cousin of the uke.

The players who use instruments with these tuners also make their own end loops with a little crank machine that goes into the case.

Google Ron Fernandes.

Ukejenny
07-03-2014, 06:27 PM
+1

They also remind me of the tuners on headless guitars and basses (where the tuners are actually at the bridge). Those are finely tuned as well, so if you've got your action and intonation where you want it, these tuners will be awesome.

The way fine tuners help on a violin (especially for a novice player like myself) I wonder why they don't come standard on ever string instrument out there! Then again, I need to keep trying to train my ear and not rely on little metal knobs, I guess. But, heck, they sure made life easy when I was playing violin. I was not the least ashamed to have them on all four strings. I needed all the help I could get.

iamesperambient
07-03-2014, 07:23 PM
i came across a rare ukulele book containing detailed info and pictures of mostly all vintage ukuleles around the world.

this was one of the coolest ukuleles ive seen.

http://i216.photobucket.com/albums/cc100/S13evo/20140217_203946.jpg (http://s216.photobucket.com/user/S13evo/media/20140217_203946.jpg.html)


neat looking very unqiue i feel this kind of look would appeal to the steam punk crowd.

Phluffy the Destroyer
07-04-2014, 01:01 AM
They use something very similar (as in "exactly the same only different") on headless guitars. I first saw them when I was kicking around on Cigar Box Nation.

You can make a real basic version of these with a bolt, a wing nut, and a solid block of something drilled out to keep the bolts aligned. With a fairly basic workshop you can actually make a fairly professional looking set.

Ukuleleblues
07-04-2014, 03:23 PM
They will not work for nylon strings...too much stretch factor.............
Didn't think of that.