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    Chuck Moore very kindly sent me a set of the new tuners after I had expressed an interest in trying them. They arrived yesterday and I was excited to look them over. My initial thoughts are, I concur with Chuck that they are not a good fit for high end instruments, they are probably going to be a game changer for the lower priced ones, with a big grey area for those in the middle. Functionally, I expect them to perform well and seem to be smooth and solid feeling. As far as retrofits are concerned, there should be no problem replacing friction tuners. With open geared tuners, it appears that they will only cover one of the screw holes, as the post is centered on them. If you have any questions, fire away and I will do my best to answer them. I am getting ready to close the box on a spruce top concert that I will put them on. You can probably surmise from the picture that I like to keep things light and thus their appeal to me.
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    Why do you say this? "...not a good fit for high end instruments..." Appearance?

    I've replaced friction tuners with Gotohs on only one instrument. It's a nice, old Pono soprano, but it's not a show piece, so the screw holes aren't a big deal.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Why do you say this? "...not a good fit for high end instruments..." Appearance?

    I've replaced friction tuners with Gotohs on only one instrument. It's a nice, old Pono soprano, but it's not a show piece, so the screw holes aren't a big deal.
    Only my personal observation Jerry but I agree with Chuck and Brandford above. If I am paying $1500 - $3000 for a high end ukuele I don't want a lower end plastic tuner on there, no matter how well they work. I love the stream lined look of Gohto UPT or Pegheads with no screws and plates showing.

    That said I am ordering two sets of these new Graph Tech ratio tuners to replace one set of existing fiction tuners and one set heavy sealed bodied geared tuners.
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    That said I am ordering two sets of these new Graph Tech ratio tuners to replace one set of existing fiction tuners and one set heavy sealed bodied geared tuners.
    Are they available now? Do you have a link for ordering?
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Are they available now? Do you have a link for ordering?
    Not sure if they are available right now. It is a for existing uke upgrade so if I can't get them for a few weeks that's ok
    Currently enjoying these ukuleles : *LdfM tenor, *LfdM 19" super tenor. *LfdM baritone, *I'iwi tenor , *Koolau tenor, *Webber tenor, *Kimo tenor, *Kimo super concert, *Mya Moe baritone, *Kamaka baritone, *Gianinni baritone, *Fred Shields super soprano, *Kala super soprano, *Loprinzi super soprano, *Black bear ULO concert , *Enya X1 concert, *Enya X1 pineapple soprano, *Gretsch tenor, *Korala plastic concert

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    Sorry Jerry if I was a bit too cryptic. My first thoughts when I saw them was, hey these are inexpensive plastic tuners, which duh, is pretty much what they are. Rightly or wrongly, many people equate plastic with cheap and disposable and thus my opinion on whether they are suitable for high end instruments. For the record, I would really like for these to be successful as they closely fit my criteria for perfect tuners. I will share further observations when I get them installed and in use.
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    I'm going to find out direct from the Graphtech tomorrow at their booth at NAMM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I'm going to find out direct from the Graphtech tomorrow at their booth at NAMM.


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    Could you ask them if they plan on making their RATIO TUNE-A-LELE's out of some type of alloy in the future?
    They do make some of their products out of different alloys, including thier "Resomax".
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    Sure.


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    Quote Originally Posted by CommonCurt View Post
    Could you ask them if they plan on making their RATIO TUNE-A-LELE's out of some type of alloy in the future? They do make some of their products out of different alloys, including their "Resomax".
    The guy in their booth couldn't give me any future information. I also mentioned to him that the long shafts would not fit my Fluke and he said a couple other people mentioned that to him also. Here are a few shots of the tuners. I asked if these are the final product and he said yes, but they're still figuring out the packaging.

    They feel very sturdy and precise, no slop what-so-ever. They're black and do have indents all over them, which doesn't really bother me, but I understand those who think it makes them look cheap. If they went with a smooth black finish I think they would look elegant.




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