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    I love the Gotoh UPT tuners, but they are so hard to buy. I can order them from the factory in Japan, but that takes months and costs almost $100. HMS stocks some, but Gotoh makes so many different combinations that HMS can't stock everything. My last order was out of stock, so I requested anything in black.

    I'm thinking Gotoh has a very small operation, so they can't turn out large numbers of tuners to supply dealers. I'm also thinking that other manufacturers should start making these things. You'd think Grover or Waverly would want to tap into this market.

    Doing a search on Amazopn got me this:
    We found 0 results for "ukulele upt tuning machines"

    EDIT: I found this on eBay.
    https://www.ebay.com/i/122961599145?chn=ps
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I love the Gotoh UPT tuners, but they are so hard to buy. I can order them from the factory in Japan, but that takes months and costs almost $100. HMS stocks some, but Gotoh makes so many different combinations that HMS can't stock everything. My last order was out of stock, so I requested anything in black.

    I'm thinking Gotoh has a very small operation, so they can't turn out large numbers of tuners to supply dealers. I'm also thinking that other manufacturers should start making these things. You'd think Grover or Waverly would want to tap into this market.

    Doing a search on Amazopn got me this:
    We found 0 results for "ukulele upt tuning machines"

    EDIT: I found this on eBay.
    https://www.ebay.com/i/122961599145?chn=ps
    I understand that you like Gotoh Tuners, but 5 posts in a row is a little much. One can certainly tune his/her uke with some other kind.

    Calm down, take it easy, go play a little ditty or two — but be sure to tune!
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    I assume that the multiple posts are the result of the rash the 30-second violation.

    My uke guy works in Vermont but got my UPTs from a shop on Hawaii who buys them from Japan. I am way happy with them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I love the Gotoh UPT tuners, but they are so hard to buy. I can order them from the factory in Japan, but that takes months and costs almost $100. HMS stocks some, but Gotoh makes so many different combinations that HMS can't stock everything. My last order was out of stock, so I requested anything in black.

    I'm thinking Gotoh has a very small operation, so they can't turn out large numbers of tuners to supply dealers. I'm also thinking that other manufacturers should start making these things. You'd think Grover or Waverly would want to tap into this market.

    Doing a search on Amazopn got me this:
    We found 0 results for "ukulele upt tuning machines"

    EDIT: I found this on eBay.
    https://www.ebay.com/i/122961599145?chn=ps
    Magic Guitar Parts in Germany sell a der jung tuner just about identical to the Gotohs at approx half the cost. These are now my new tuners.
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    theukulelesite.com

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    I have put the Gotoh upt tuners on four instruments and all ordered from theukulelesite.com. They have never let me down, but there again my orders have never been too complicated. IMHO these are the best of the best as they are very lightweight and ultra precision jewels.

    I do appreciate the Magic Guitar Parts link as they have some banjo tuners that were just right for another project.
    Kamaka pineapple soprano gold label - 1950s
    Kamaka custom soprano, gold label. 1960s?
    Kamaka tenor - 2002
    Koaloha Opio long neck soprano. 2016
    Mele, Braddah tenor 1990s
    Bruko #6 soprano, flat back, pre 1980

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    I bought some "Geared Banjo Friction Tuners" on ebay for $20 to see what I'd get. They work, roughly, but they are large and weigh a TON!

    The package from China was the size of a pack of cigarettes, but felt like there was a brick inside! lol. I put them on an old baritone and they still seem really big.
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    I bought some Gotoh UPTL black finish with oval black buttons from Lucysukulele on Ebay. I received exactly what I ordered in 5 days. Comparable price to HMS.

    My problem with HMS was that they never had the model I wanted in stock. In fact, their stock was always low, and their listings numbers didn't always align with the item numbers you could order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I understand that you like Gotoh Tuners, but 5 posts in a row is a little much. One can certainly tune his/her uke with some other kind.

    Calm down, take it easy, go play a little ditty or two — but be sure to tune!
    I'm not sure what you mean by "5 posts in a row," but when I clicked on it to post, I got an error page, so I waited and tried again. This morning, the original post was still sitting there waiting to be posted.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Don’t worry about it. It just an old man’s attempt at humor.
    Kala "Spalted" baritone - Lo D GBD - Fingerpick
    Gold Tone tenor banjolele - Lo F BbDF Fingerpick
    Luna “Peace” concert - CGDA Fingerpick (5ths)

    Kala tenor eight string - gGcCEEAA Strum
    Flea "Red" concert - Hi-F BbDG Strum
    Kala "Exotic Mahogany" soprano - Hi-A DF#B Strum

    Mahalo yellow "Smiley" soprano (Dad's Day gift)
    Ka-Lai Pineapple soprano (old) gift

    Old age should rather be feared than death. - Juvenal
    God gave us old age so we wouldn't mind dying so much.

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