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    Default Ratio Tuners Arrived

    I ordered Ratio tuners from Pohaku, in Ca, on 6/30, and they arrived today. That's pretty fast.

    Saying they are light is an understatement. The four of them together weight just 0.8 ounce, without the tiny screws. Now I'll have to decide where to install them.

    There doesn't seem to be any slack in the movement, but they are not smooth in operation, and each one is different. As I turn the knob, I meet a certain amount of resistance at some point. Then it gets easier to turn again until I reach that point of resistance. The effect is "lumpy" turning. Even without a string attached, they take quite a bit more effort to turn, compared with other tuners. Maybe they'll get smoother with time, but for the price, I'm not complaining, just pointing out what I noticed. I can understand why they are working on high end tuners for high end ukes.

    The shafts are very narrow, so I don't think any uke would need reaming. They come with four collars/bushings for the top side of the headstock, but they are a force-fit, so the hole size would have to be just right.

    When I decide what to do with them, I'll get back to you. I think I'll be buying more of these.
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    Lumpy?. Huh. That can't be right. Bonanza said theirs worked as well as the Gotohs and I'd never describe a Gotoh as lumpy . And bazmaz didn't mention that in his review did he? Hmmm.
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    They might operate more smoothly once installed on a uke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    They might operate more smoothly once installed on a uke.
    That may be. All the reviews I have seen spoke very highly about the feel of these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    They might operate more smoothly once installed on a uke.
    That's what I was thinking as well. Might need the tension of the strings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Hanks View Post
    Lumpy?. Huh. That can't be right. Bonanza said theirs worked as well as the Gotohs and I'd never describe a Gotoh as lumpy . And bazmaz didn't mention that in his review did he? Hmmm.
    Okay, how about bumpy?

    The amount of pressure required to rotate the knob varies, and it's different for each tuner. One tuner might exhibit extra resistance once per revolution, and another might require more effort two or three times per revolution. Maybe I just got four bad ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swamp Yankee View Post
    They might operate more smoothly once installed on a uke.
    That's a possibility.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    That may be. All the reviews I have seen spoke very highly about the feel of these.
    Well, they do feel very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    I ordered Ratio tuners from Pohaku, in Ca...
    Thanks for the info and heads-up. I was thinking about trying these, but was not aware they were out for sale yet.

    Do you have a direct link to share for these from where you bought them?
    -Joe......Have uke, will travel...

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