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Tuners  Sonny Osborne - Sonny's Ugly tuners Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by okbluegrassbanjopicker (see all reviews from this person) on 8/11/2018

Where Purchased: Jim Britton

Overall Comments

I purchased a set of Sonny's Ugly Tuners from Jim, as a better replacement for the cheap Schallers on my Epiphone. I installed them as soon as I had them out of the box.

The tuners are very top-notch in every aspect. No incessant fiddling with trying to get to the right note, as with the Schallers. Since the tuners have their own separate levers, I don't have to worry about the other pegs on my banjo. 

These tuners may be "ugly" to some, but they blend in very well with the peghead on my Epiphone. They are held in place by the 1st and 4th tuning pegs. 

To set the tuners, first tighten the two set screws on either side of the tuner housing. The two levers should be previously set at a 45 degree (approximate) angle, which is the higher tuning position. The banjo should be in normal G tuning at this point, and the levers should not move the cams. Now, gradually loosen the set screw while pushing the left lever (G side of peghead) slowly clockwise. The note will decrease in pitch.

 Reverse the movement of the lever on the B side of the peghead. When you have reached F# (lower cam), and A natural (higher cam), stop loosening the screws. At this juncture, you can proceed to pull the left lever counterclockwise back up to G, and the right lever clockwise to B. The beauty of the tuners is that they do not require re-tuning if you play in a different key, and there are no ruined gear housings to worry about!

The bottom line is that the tuners work, they're an awesome product (no Chinese junk), and that I will be using them for many years to come. Thanks goes to Jim Britton for his excellent service and communication.


Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Woolpersteve (see all reviews from this person) on 2/18/2008

Where Purchased: from The Chief

Overall Comments

I saw Sonny use his tuners , what he calls Sonny's Ugly Tuners, several years ago at banjo camp. Few years later I bought a set .Sonny is right about how they work-perfectly.
They never need retuning , always come back in tune, install in five minutes with no damage to the banjo.
There is a picture of a set on my Ome on my homepage, FYI.
The price is reasonable .I disagree with Sonny about the "ugly " part -different , weird maybe but not ugly.

Overall Rating: 10

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