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07-24-2014, 09:00 AM
Hi Everyone! I've been off the grid for a spell. but I'm back online and am currently building two new concert ukes....
Can anyone recommend a source for really cool geared tuners? I've used the Grovers before- they work great- love them and their price but long for something a bit higher end that looks great but won't crunch my budget- these ukes are not for resale- I'm making them to satisfy a bad case of UAS.
Many thanks and have a great day!

07-24-2014, 09:34 AM
Schaller make some purty ones, but they are quite pricey (cheaper than Waverley's though)... they do a very nice antiqued copper/ebony button one (and a black one with ebony buttons!) in the GrandTune range: http://guitar-parts.biz/hp535384/Superior-Machine-Head-GrandTune-Ukulele-10550803-42-31.htm?ITServ=C791e5dX14769daec50X1d7e (click on 'Versions' to see all the metal/button options).

07-24-2014, 11:27 AM
The Schaller Ukulele tuners you linked to start at $133. Waverly' uke tuners are $99 at StewMac (nice small size). And maybe the nicest out there are Gotoh UPT's starting at $60 Canadian.

There is also Pegheads which I really like for their classic style. Google the Craftted Cow. His prices are very good.

07-24-2014, 11:30 AM
I like the all black schaller

07-24-2014, 11:32 AM
Ah... sorry, I wasn't factoring in the different exchange rates (things in euros work out much cheaper for us in the UK). I wanted a set of Waverleys recently but once shipping and customs duty was added in it'd be cheaper to buy a better uke!

07-24-2014, 12:08 PM
I like these Gotoh tuners (http://www.lmii.com/products/mostly-not-wood/tuning-machines/other-instrument-tuners/gotoh-ukulele-tuners) as a step up from Grover Sta-Tites. They turn more smoothly and the posts are adjustable to accommodate different peghead thicknesses. Just over $50/set from LMI.

07-24-2014, 03:14 PM
Or Robson's ...


07-24-2014, 05:20 PM
I have "conversion" Grover Sta-ties on my Uke construction page which feature the gold version with replacement ebony buttons. They are a good alternative to spending way too much money!


07-25-2014, 08:07 AM
You are all AWESOME!!! Thanks!!!! I'm digging the Robson's-is there a dealer here in the US? Am also considering the Waverly friction tuners,scared of the friction ones since ive always has geared....any happy campers????
Thanks so much for all your replies!!!!

07-25-2014, 10:17 PM
Pegheds for me (model #743A). The 4:1 ratio is just right, and they're a lot lighter weight than sta-tites.

07-26-2014, 08:42 AM
Nancy --

I dunno if there is a U.S. dealer, but for tuner porn, here's the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/RobsonTuningMachines

07-26-2014, 11:31 AM
The Robson tuners look great, but I'm not sure how they fit in with your reference to not wanting to crunch your budget. Your budget must be capable of withstanding a lot more than mine without being seriously flattened!

Red Cliff
07-26-2014, 12:20 PM
I use Rubner tuners on my builds - really good value if you can source them and definitely a step up from Grover.

Have a good range of styles, button shapes, materials. The pics show three sets I got last year - the cocobolo buttons are nice.