Wondering why I see so many ukuleles with friction tuners when so many people post having issues with them. Wouldnt sealed gear tuners just overall work, and hold tune better? What is the advantage to friction tuners? Is it just preference?
they are fine with fiction pegs on soprano or concerts, but find geared tuners generally more satisfactory on tenors.
I absolutely agree with the previous two comments.
The people who are "having issues with them" post on the forum. The people who like friction tuners don't. Many owners think like me: they are fine with fiction pegs on soprano or concerts, but find geared tuners generally more satisfactory on tenors.
I know a number of professional players who like friction pegs on the instruments they play for pleasure, but for practical reasons use geared pegs on stage.
You mentioned "sealed" geared tuners. Personally, I like open geared tuners.
Cheap geared tuners generally do function better than cheap friction tuners. If you go with the higher quality frictions like Schaller, Gotoh or the better Grovers like the 1W with the thumb lock or their 85B, they look more traditional and hold tunings well.
I overall prefer friction tuners on my sopranos and concerts for both looks and weight but really don't have a preference on tenors.