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 ARCHIVED TOPIC: are rickards worth the extra money ?


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1935tb-11 - Posted - 01/08/2022:  06:07:08


looking at the new tuners from rickard and they sound like magic.
but pricey,, and can you buy individuals too? i use 5 at the top because of my tunneled 5th string neck.

Timothy Lindblom - Posted - 01/08/2022:  06:25:20


Yes! Absolutely worth the money. They are great. The 5th tuner is not made by Rickard it’s just a standard Gotoh tuner I think. I usually change the four tuners and swap the buttons on the 5th tuner so they match.

1935tb-11 - Posted - 01/08/2022:  06:36:22


quote:

Originally posted by Timothy Lindblom

Yes! Absolutely worth the money. They are great. The 5th tuner is not made by Rickard it’s just a standard Gotoh tuner I think. I usually change the four tuners and swap the buttons on the 5th tuner so they match.






i was just wondering if you can buy an individual tuner ? ,,because i need 5 on my peg head 

Lew H - Posted - 01/08/2022:  07:19:30


Have you looked at the Rickard webpage,. or sent a message? That's how I got info from them on other questions.

Also, I think Rickard is now listing 10:1 (or some similar ratio) 5th string tuners.

Emiel - Posted - 01/08/2022:  07:34:49


Nobody is understanding that the OP's 5th string tuner is the same as the other four tuners. He's got it on the peghead (tunneled 5th string). I would contact Bill Rickard and ask him if he can sell you five tuners…

Bob Buckingham - Posted - 01/08/2022:  07:43:57


If you have played banjo for a long time, you will have adjusted to the 4:1 ratio common on many tuners. Going to a 10:1 tuner will make you realize that it takes a bit more twisting to get it in tune but it will dial in tune real nicely with no slap back. Gotoh's are great, these are just a little more refined.

rardinger - Posted - 01/08/2022:  07:53:11


The Rickard folks are very responsive. Their web site does list the tuners for sale as a set of 5 with the 5th being a Gotoh 5th fret tuner, a set of 4 (no 5th string tuner), A set of 6 for Guitar and single tuners (at about $50 each). (The choices for numbers of tuners are listed in a pull down menu). Web ordering a set of 4 and a single one should get the 5 needed for having all of them on the peghead. A call or an email to Rickard might just result in a bit of a discount for the set of 5 over the set of 4 plus one cost. I bought my set directly from them, great communication, fast delivery to the US. I really like them and improves fine tuning. I really do not have a problem with the usual 4:1 tuners but on a new banjo wanted to get something "new".


Edited by - rardinger on 01/08/2022 07:54:39

AldenS - Posted - 01/08/2022:  07:59:06


quote:

Originally posted by 1935tb-11  and can you buy individuals too? 




Yes, you can buy both sets and individuals directly from the rickard banjos website here without the need to contact them to ask about it (though they've always been great to deal with when I have).



And yes, they are really great tuners and worth the money if you have it to spend. I don't consider them a necessity. Most of my banjos still have gotoh or five star planetary tuners and I like them just fine, but I've never regretted the set of rickards I bought for my main openback.


Edited by - AldenS on 01/08/2022 08:00:44

1935tb-11 - Posted - 01/08/2022:  08:25:08


quote:

Originally posted by R Buck

If you have played banjo for a long time, you will have adjusted to the 4:1 ratio common on many tuners. Going to a 10:1 tuner will make you realize that it takes a bit more twisting to get it in tune but it will dial in tune real nicely with no slap back. Gotoh's are great, these are just a little more refined.






i already use 5 identical tuners now,,, and have on this neck for 21 years 

AldenS - Posted - 01/08/2022:  08:34:22


quote:

Originally posted by 1935tb-11

quote:

Originally posted by R Buck

If you have played banjo for a long time, you will have adjusted to the 4:1 ratio common on many tuners. Going to a 10:1 tuner will make you realize that it takes a bit more twisting to get it in tune but it will dial in tune real nicely with no slap back. Gotoh's are great, these are just a little more refined.






i already use 5 identical tuners now,,, and have on this neck for 21 years 






By 4:1 they mean the gear ratio in regular planetary tuners, not the configuration of 4 planetary with a higher ratio worm geared fifth.


Edited by - AldenS on 01/08/2022 08:36:06

Phil - MO - Posted - 01/08/2022:  10:25:03


I have Keith style d-tuners on my banjos and use them quite a bit.
They are 4 to 1 ratio like most planetary tuners.
I would like to try these Rickard tuners, but hate to mix 10 to 1 and 4 to 1 together.

1935tb-11 - Posted - 01/08/2022:  11:53:59


this is my peg head 



AldenS - Posted - 01/08/2022:  15:38:40


You can order tuners in that configuration from the rickard banjos website in the hardware section by ordering one set of four plus one set of one, or five sets of one, the price is the same per tuner regardless.

95RenoRevival - Posted - 01/30/2022:  20:25:43


I think the Rickards are worth it if you've never had them before. That's why I just bought a set. With the Gotoh 5th, which is a 14:1 ratio I was told by Rickard on the phone.

I like the Waverly's that Stew Mac has now, with the new 5th tuner, I have them on a banjo neck I got used, they seem to work just fine.

So the nickel waverly's cost 133$ and the 5th is 45$ (rounded up) about 200$ with taxes and shipping. Canada doesn't charge sales tax as far as I am aware.

Rickards were about 243$ with shipping. They all seem to be pretty spendy, Gotohs seem to be the best bang for the buck!

Biggest decision on the Rickards was brass or nickel? Brass was slightly less, I went for nickel.

Stew Mac has some very cool looking engraved gold tuners *Waverly, but they are very spendy, but man do they look nice... (You'll have to go look at Stew Mac, I am not posting here)





 
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