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Jun 22, 2021 - 4:10:45 PM
110 posts since 8/30/2012

My deering good time banjo comes with guitar style tuners. I see that they sell aftermarket planetary tuners meant for the good time banjo. Has anyone done this replacement? If so how did it turn out? Also why do this replacement the first place? Aside from aesthetics I can’t think of a reason why to make this change. I definitely agree that it looks better, I’m just not sure it’s worth the cash.

Jun 22, 2021 - 4:40:30 PM
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2591 posts since 12/31/2005

I like guitar style tuners on that banjo. Less susceptible to damage from tuner being struck and it carries better in a gig bag. I recommend guitar style tuners for kids' banjos for these reasons.

Jun 22, 2021 - 5:28:05 PM

39 posts since 1/25/2020

Planetaries are a lot more ergonomic.

Jun 22, 2021 - 5:59:25 PM
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Helix

USA

14208 posts since 8/30/2006

Planets use a gear ratio of 4:1 = orchestra pit twist of the wrist
Yours are like 12:1 and entry level

I do these frequently
No real need to do it for an orange crate on a rollerskate banjo
Unless you are changing rims
Otherwise enjoy the playground

Jun 23, 2021 - 3:53:47 AM
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78 posts since 6/5/2006

Assuming the guitar style tuners are smooth and don't slip and you have the manual dexterity to use them, the only reason to change them is the goofy appearance.
If you decide to go with planetary tuners, consider borrowing a reamer and increasing the size of the holes so you can use higher quality Gotoh tuners from Smakula Fretted Instruments and save 30%.
But since you've started thinking about the quality and appearance of your banjo, you should probably start saving for your next banjo.

Jun 23, 2021 - 5:13:46 AM

853 posts since 2/19/2012

I put standard Gotoh planetary tuners on my Goodtime tenor (and my first five string Goodtime years ago). No reaming necessary. In fact, they're slightly smaller than the existing holes so I put a wrap of masking tape around each. Bought the tuners from Bob Smakula. Couldn't be easier.

If you plan to keep the Goodtime and like the idea of planetary tuners, I think it's worth it. If you plan to sell or trade any time soon, probably not.

Jun 23, 2021 - 6:21:55 AM
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YellowSkyBlueSun

Virgin Islands (U.S.)

204 posts since 5/11/2021

Money you put into a Goodtime is money you don't have for upgrading away from the Goodtime. Sock the money away, buy a better banjo with better tuners.

Jun 23, 2021 - 9:01:32 AM

78 posts since 6/5/2006

Mystery solved ... the holes for the Deering guitar style tuners were smaller than those for planetary tuners until 2009 when they were all made to accommodate planetary tuners.

Jun 23, 2021 - 9:43:52 AM

Buddur

USA

2991 posts since 10/23/2004

quote:
Originally posted by restreet

Mystery solved ... the holes for the Deering guitar style tuners were smaller than those for planetary tuners until 2009 when they were all made to accommodate planetary tuners.


Makes sense since I had to drill and enlarge the tuner holes to accommodate planetarys in the Goodtime I got around 2001.

Jun 23, 2021 - 11:00:09 AM

853 posts since 2/19/2012

Both my Goodtimes were the later models so I was not aware of the smaller hole models.

Jun 24, 2021 - 11:16:23 AM

beegee

USA

22431 posts since 7/6/2005

It's not rocket surgery. Shuck the guitar tuners and use planetaries.

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