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    Wondering who has or is using wood or bone peg tuners for your soprano or concert ukulele. And your thoughts on same. How well do they work, do they keep their tune. Would you put them on a vintage Uke?

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    I've got wooden tapered pegs on a couple of my sopranos. They work fine, but do require patience and finesse to get it just right. There's no doubt about it - friction pegs and geared tuners are easier to use.

    Tapered pegs hold their tune very well indeed. No worries in that department. I like the look of them on older ukes. If they were fitted as standard then I leave 'em like that. If an old uke has been converted to more modern tuners, I wouldn't try to convert back again. It's not a big issue for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldtimer View Post
    Wondering who has or is using wood or bone peg tuners for your soprano or concert ukulele. And your thoughts on same. How well do they work, do they keep their tune. Would you put them on a vintage Uke?
    Argapa Ukes are built by a hobby builder, he’s made over 100 instruments and what he makes is sought after. Sven uses wooden pegs on many of his instruments, I don’t know why he uses them but they work for him and his customers - authentic too.

    Personally I love simple friction tuners but my inclination is to avoid wooden pegs when possible and to stick to the metal ones. To my mind wooden friction pegs fall into the category of things that ‘can’ work well enough but have been superseded by better solutions. With the right builder it wouldn’t be a stopper for me though ... like I said Sven makes very nice instruments.

    http://argapa.blogspot.com/2015/07/
    http://argapa.blogspot.com/2020/08/v...eted-ukes.html

    If I had a vintage Uke then I would try to stick with the type of tuners already fitted. I wouldn’t gladly change to wooden pegs.

    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...riction-tuners
    https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...-them-on-a-uke
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 09-24-2020 at 07:39 PM.

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    I have wood pegs on an old vintage instrument. They work nicely and I have no complaints. I find they hold well and are easy to use. If they are fitted properly they should be fine.

    All that said, I can understand why some might have complaints with them, especially if they are used to nice friction pegs or UPTs.

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    Thanks all for the input, probably will stick with the friction tuners on my Kamaka. I think they are Grovers, it think. Does anyone know what brand friction tuners Kamaka ukes use. Not the new UPT.

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    I have wooden pegs on a 1947 sopranino ukulele and find them rather difficult to tune but they hold the tuning very well. I will not exchange them on a vintage instrument but I wonder why nobody makes the peg itself thinner, as this will give you a sort of lower "gearing" making it easier to tune.

    I also find it strange that all wooden tuners form guitar to ukulele are the same diameter. On violins the diameter changes with the size of the violin.
    Mahimahi MS-35W Soprano Willow
    Mahimahi MC-35W Concerto Willow
    Mahimahi MT-35W Tenore Willow
    Geso GC-85 Concert
    Geso GT-85 Tenor
    Martin HSO Soprano 2004
    Reno RU-210 Soprano
    Everplay LA8-21 soprano thinbody deadwood
    Makala MK-C Concert
    Harley Benton Banjolele BJ-15
    Martin T-15 Tiple 1956
    Just Povlsen Uke 790, 1947
    Cordoba Mini M Guitalele in A
    Cordoba Mini M Guitalele in E

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