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Maple Ridge Banjo with 5th string Rickard Cyclone tuner.

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Dec 8, 2019 - 10:14:52 AM
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698 posts since 11/27/2005

I’ve been playing my Maple Ridge with an early prototype of the Rickard Cyclone 5th string tuner for over six months now. (It’s possibly the only banjo with all 5 Cyclone tuners!)

This project has been put on hold in favor of other projects.

I just wanted to say that this tuner is just as smooth, with no backlash or unwinding, as the standard Cyclone tuners.

The design has been much refined since this revision.

This tuner features ease of restringing and retrieving the pieces of a broken string. The feature I really like is the string guide that brings the string off of the peghead without damaging the wood or binding. The height of the string guide can be adjusted by rotating the tuner on installation.

Thanks for looking,




Edited by - Mike Rowe on 12/08/2019 12:39:58

Dec 8, 2019 - 12:44:13 PM

2010 posts since 4/7/2010

Has a real Steampunk look to it.

It also looks like it extends further from the neck than traditional 5th string tuners. Does it fit in a modern hard case?

Bob Smakula

Dec 8, 2019 - 1:26:21 PM

698 posts since 11/27/2005

It DOES have a Steampunk look to it, doesn't it! smiley

The pictures, from my phone, are kind of deceiving.

This revision was about .100 longer than a standard right angle tuner.

That distance has been compacted since this version.

It still fits in the case just fine, but it was decided that you can't stray from what folks are used to.

Dec 30, 2019 - 7:29:51 AM

1942 posts since 2/7/2008


Do you think you guys will ever make a tailpiece with a tuner on it like the Paintsville tuner you used to make?
I sure would like to get my hands on one of those.

Dec 30, 2019 - 3:14:29 PM

698 posts since 11/27/2005

I'll run that by Bill and Sean to see what they think.
Thank you for asking!

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