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    Cheers Downupdave.
    I also have the hiviz headstock on my tenor reso, and was thinking about changing to black gotoh’s. The silver posts do not go with the headstock.
    So decision made.
    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Excellent instructions, the pictures you always include in your posts are extremely helpful, thank you. I have a Mya Moe baritone with "rabbit ears" and I didn't like the look. I switched them out for my favorite, black on black Gotoh UPT. The existing holes were just a little too big, alway check first. One single wrap of electrical tape around the barrel of the tuner made it a perfect fit.

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    Lucky! No reaming.

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    Terrific tuners and post. That’s exactly how I fit them.

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    Do UPT's work with all different uke scales? I know different sizes use different strings wich means different tension. Can the gears whitstand the tension?

    Thanks in advance guys!

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    I have used them on tenor and soprano and they work fine. IMHO the best geared tuners for a ukulele. But check headstock to see both which model (regular and long) Also check on the head stock in case it may be too thick for the tuners - I had this happen on a Kamaka tenor.
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    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Koaloha tenor 2011
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Braddah, Mele, concert 1997
    Braddah, Mele, tenor late 1990s
    Bruko #6 soprano, flat back, pre 1980
    Gretsch NYC - old and beat up camp ukulele - fixed up as a player.
    Luna tenor - laminate and to use as a loaner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlgeist View Post
    Do UPT's work with all different uke scales? I know different sizes use different strings wich means different tension. Can the gears whitstand the tension?
    Tension is not an issue. Some may feel they are too heavy for a soprano but others have no problem there either.
    Ukulele:
    Iriguchi Tenor "Weeble" - A, WoU Clarity
    Blue Star 19" baritone Konablaster - DGBE
    Cocobolo 16" SC#1-gCEA, SC SLMU
    Ono #42 19" baritone, Ab, LW
    Imua iET-Bb, M600
    Covered Bridge CLN pineapple - Eb cuatro, SC XLL
    Rogue bari
    Bonanza super tenor, cFAD SC LHU
    Kala KSLNG, Eb SC XLU
    Flea soprano, C LW
    Hanson 5-string tenor, dGCEA
    Bonanza SLN GCEA
    Bonanzalele concert
    Guitars:
    Jupiter #47, G, TI CF127

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    As stated by frianm and Jim, it works all size of ukulele. I use them for guitaleles too.

    In friction tuners, we need to tighten the screws. But UPTs are planetary and they have geares inside. We don't need screw too tight in UPTs. I have tighten some screws too much by mistake and broken (See the red round in the figure below). Fortunately Gotoh has very good after service and they sent me a couple of screws through dealer in the internet. I also changed colors of buttons.



    If you want to install them by yourself, you just need to expand the hole from back (See the red arrow). We need only small diameter on the front side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karlgeist View Post
    Do UPT's work with all different uke scales? I know different sizes use different strings wich means different tension. Can the gears whitstand the tension?

    Thanks in advance guys!
    Yes, and you can even use them on guitars. Romero Creations installs them on their Parlor guitar, DHO6 and TT6 Guilele. I especially like them during a string change—really quick to get up to pitch with the 4:1 ratio—but miss the fine control of 16:1 tuners once the strings stretch out.

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    In my opinion UPT tuners are the best that money can buy. I have them on my Chris Perkins Tenor and recently acquired Rebel Double Cream. Given the choice I would have them on all my Uke’s - maybe one day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jhud View Post
    In my opinion UPT tuners are the best that money can buy. I have them on my Chris Perkins Tenor and recently acquired Rebel Double Cream. Given the choice I would have them on all my Uke’s - maybe one day!
    I agree. I chose to have them come on my LoPrinzi, and would prefer to have them on all my ukes.

    Not only do they look great, but I really like the shorter 4:1 ratio.
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    1960's Martin Style-0
    LoPrinzi Concert (Redwood & Mahogany)
    Fred Shields Style-0 Replica
    Kala Elite 1MHG-S
    Ohana SK-25S
    Kala Elite 1KOA-T << Letting this one go soon. PM if interested.

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