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Nov 24, 2020 - 3:58:45 PM
99 posts since 8/12/2019

Came with a banjo I bought. Spring loaded. I can’t figure out how they’d be installed for the life of me, but I have a plectrum that could use them potentially. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!


 

Edited by - crowfielder on 11/24/2020 15:59:28

Nov 24, 2020 - 4:51:12 PM
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13596 posts since 10/30/2008

Unscrew the big head part from the button. Carefully draw the button, spacer and the splined ferrule off the shaft. Now you can poke the shaft down through the hole in the peghead. Slide the ferrule, spacer and button back on, and tighten the big head screw to regulate slippage of the tuner under tension.

If you have trouble turning the big head screw, use a dime in the slot provided -- not a screwdriver.

Nov 24, 2020 - 5:41:32 PM

2442 posts since 4/7/2010

They look like Schaller 620 friction ukulele tuners. They are pictured in the print catalog I have, but I could not easily find them on the Schaller website.

As they are not geared tuners, I do not recommend you instaling them on a plectrum banjo. they will be aggrivating.

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 11/24/2020 17:55:33

Nov 24, 2020 - 6:53:45 PM
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469 posts since 1/24/2004

Kamaka used those on ukuleles for years. They were not easy to use. I didn't care for them. I think they would be terrible with steel strings.

Nov 24, 2020 - 9:35:56 PM

3532 posts since 5/29/2011

They look like Schaller as Bob said but, if I remember correctly, they are made by Grover. I have used several sets of them on banjoleles I've built. They work just fine with nylon strings but, like Tim implied, they probably would not handle steel strings well.

Nov 25, 2020 - 4:08:07 AM

2442 posts since 4/7/2010

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Originally posted by Culloden

They look like Schaller as Bob said but, if I remember correctly, they are made by Grover. I have used several sets of them on banjoleles I've built. They work just fine with nylon strings but, like Tim implied, they probably would not handle steel strings well.


Schaller would not contract tuner manufacturing to Grover. the other way around is possible. Grover has not had their own factory since about 1980 when they contracted guitar tuner manufacturing to Gotoh. I recognized a major quality improvement  then and asked my Grover salesman if the tuners were contracted to Gotoh and he said yes.

Grover tuners then followed the progression of all other musical instrument manufacturing from Japan, to Korea, and finally to China where they are currently manufactured.

 

Bob Smakula

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 11/25/2020 04:10:45

Nov 27, 2020 - 6:15:48 PM

10998 posts since 10/27/2006

Like others have mentioned, steel strings are not a good idea with these. If ukulele pegs, the banjo headstock may be too thick anyway. Contact Bob for some reasonably priced Gotoh planetary pegs and drop the frustration kevel to 0 when tuning.


The big, knurled screw is a Schaller hallmark but nowadays, one would order these up from Grover.

https://grotro.com/product/champion-deluxe-ukulele-pegs-1-series/

 

One of the worst ideas I ever saw was when Guild installed these on the Ashbory bass. You think these suck on a ukulele?

Edited by - mikehalloran on 11/27/2020 18:17:43

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