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    Default Review: Graph Tech Ratio Tune-a-lele tuners on a Fluke

    Graph Tech kindly sent me a set of their new Ratio Tune-a-lele black plastic geared planetary tuners for evaluation. I find them to be be very good, light and precise.

    None of my eight ukes have peg or planetary tuners, but I recently bought a used plastic fret Fluke from the UU Marketplace with the original Gotoh tuners. Two of them would not stay tight so I had to adjust the knob screws, but would only stay if they were really screwed tight, making them difficult to turn.

    I looked around for better ones when I saw posts here in early January about the new Ratio tuners that were going to be shown at the NAMM show. I held off and checked them out when I went and was very impressed and commented about them on those posts, which prompted Graph Tech to send me a set.

    I received them a couple of weeks ago and installed them on my Fluke. They're a bit fatter than the Gotohs so the holes need to reamed out a little (I went too far with one and had to tape around the ferule to get it to stay). They also have two small screws to hold them in place. The frame is also slightly wider than the sides of the Fluke head, so they hang over slightly, which doesn't bother me at all.

    They work so much better than the Gotohs, very precise with no play in them at all. There's never need to be adjusted and at $30 for a set, are a great buy. I highly recommend them.

    Here are some photos I took at NAMM of their sample set, and of my Fluke after I installed them.








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    I prefer having the knobs in the rear, rather than sticking out the sides. I wouldn't put them on a good uke with the holes remaining. I have a firefly with Gotohs and a fluke with geared tuners facing rear. I'm not a big fan or direct tuners. I guess you could say I'm a gearhead. : )

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    Thanks for the review. The concept has been proven to work well. It would be interesting to find out what Graphtech plans next, tuners which can be molded in plastic have a lot of scope.
    I just hope they plan to make them widely available soon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I just hope they plan to make them widely available soon.
    And a good deal less clunky.
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    Thanks for the review. Nice to see an option to UPTs. Is the ratio difference between 6:1 and 4:1 noticeable or too close to make much difference in feel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    Thanks for the review. Nice to see an option to UPTs. Is the ratio difference between 6:1 and 4:1 noticeable or too close to make much difference in feel?
    Considering the price, this could eat into Gotoh's business, especially if we can get them quickly. Making them all black is a smart move. One problem I had with Gotohs was finding the combination I wanted.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I prefer having the knobs in the rear, rather than sticking out the sides. I wouldn't put them on a good uke with the holes remaining. I have a Firefly with Gotohs and a Fluke with geared tuners facing rear. I'm not a big fan or direct tuners. I guess you could say I'm a gearhead.
    Didn't you have to do a lot of trimming of the plates to get them to fit? Sticking out the sides doesn't bother me at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by glennerd View Post
    Thanks for the review. Nice to see an option to UPTs. Is the ratio difference between 6:1 and 4:1 noticeable or too close to make much difference in feel?
    The ratio of the Ratios (pun intended) feels very good to me, doesn't take much to tune them. Like I said, they're very precise.

    (Aside; the more I play the Fluke, the less I like the shape of the neck. I may have to reshape it if I decide to keep it.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    Didn't you have to do a lot of trimming of the plates to get them to fit? Sticking out the sides doesn't bother me at all.



    The ratio of the Ratios (pun intended) feels very good to me, doesn't take much to tune them. Like I said, they're very precise.

    (Aside; the more I play the Fluke, the less I like the shape of the neck. I may have to reshape it if I decide to keep it.)


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    I had to trim a bit of the metal mounting plate from the end so that they would lie next to each other. There's an online "how-to." As a matter of fact, I think it was someone from UU who posted it.
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    Am I correct, in that the tuners have no way to adjust the friction or holding point?

    So they are like open and closed geared tuners in that respect. It will be interesting to hear how well they hold up after a year or so.

    Thanks for the review. I'll keep an open mind next time I want to change out some Pegheds or friction tuners.

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    The Graph tech tuners look great on the Fluke. If I were MFC I’d adjust nect depth to fit and standardize on these. So much better than friction at not much of price upgrade. I upgraded my tenor Fluke to pegheds as I hated the friction tuner that came with Fluke. See like a no brainer match. Are these available yet. Or are they still tweaking the design?

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