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Jul 22, 2021 - 6:39:23 AM
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jfb

USA

2448 posts since 9/30/2004

I am looking for tuners to replace the old
Tuners on my old flathead. I was trying to
Keep the original old look with using original buttons. Has anyone used the Rickard 10 to 1 that Ned promotes, and if so, how well do you like them?
Looks like it would take forever to wind a string? I think I might like the more precision ratio. Any thoughts are welcome.

Edited by - jfb on 07/22/2021 06:42:29

Jul 22, 2021 - 7:38 AM

Foote

USA

519 posts since 3/25/2009

Have them. Love them. Not that big a hassle putting on strings. Much better at fine tuning than other pegs.

Jul 22, 2021 - 7:47 AM

141 posts since 6/5/2006

I love mine. You'll be tuning more often that changing strings and with a peg winder its not a chore. A Roadie 3 winds and tunes.

Jul 22, 2021 - 7:58:43 AM

ChunoTheDog

Canada

1045 posts since 8/9/2019

worth every penny, drops right into most peghead holes.

Jul 22, 2021 - 8:18:37 AM

313 posts since 4/10/2018

I have them on my fretless. Easy to tune up and the pegs hold the tuning. They are worth the money.

Jul 22, 2021 - 8:29:50 AM

djenks

USA

244 posts since 1/22/2005

100% recommend. Easy to dial-in your string pitch. They are smooth as silk with no slop (as I call it).

Jul 22, 2021 - 9:57:23 AM

jfb

USA

2448 posts since 9/30/2004

Sounds like those are what I need Hope
My old buttons will work on them, but if not, there’s don’t look that bad.
Thanks all for your help

Jul 22, 2021 - 10:19:17 AM

jfb

USA

2448 posts since 9/30/2004

Got a set on the way, sounds interesting, no gears, to see how that works.

Jul 22, 2021 - 1:02:41 PM

11765 posts since 10/27/2006

What do your buttons look like?

Jul 22, 2021 - 4:01:53 PM

jfb

USA

2448 posts since 9/30/2004

The buttons are two band Grover similar to this photo. They would need to be modified per Rickard


 

Jul 22, 2021 - 4:52:28 PM

jcland

USA

332 posts since 3/7/2006

Best banjo investment I ever made. I could see the results immediately after installing. My buddy liked them so much, he ordered a set for his 1970's Granada.

Jul 22, 2021 - 5:24:26 PM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

25254 posts since 6/25/2005

I recently had a neck made for a Silver Bell shell I’d acquired. I opeted for the Rickards on it and have no regreats at all.

Jul 22, 2021 - 6:51:56 PM

11765 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by jfb

The buttons are two band Grover similar to this photo. They would need to be modified per Rickard


So, they have square shafts, then?

Jul 23, 2021 - 4:04:43 AM

jfb

USA

2448 posts since 9/30/2004

Yes Mike
They are square

 

thanks Bill and Joseph for your input 

Seems everyone likes them pretty well

Edited by - jfb on 07/23/2021 04:07:46

Jul 23, 2021 - 4:18:11 AM

96 posts since 10/5/2019

Absolutely worth the money. I wish I had them on all of my banjos

Jul 23, 2021 - 4:48:44 AM

6438 posts since 6/30/2020

If you decide (or need) new tuner buttons the folks at Smakula Fretted Instruments can probably help you out. If you don’t see it on the website give them a call and they can help you out with fitment questions. I’ve ordered from them several times and with great satisfaction.

smakula.com/nbp.html

Jul 23, 2021 - 5:41:01 AM

37 posts since 8/17/2014

I love my Rickard tuners!! It doesn't take much longer to change a string and I'd argue that tuning up is quicker. They're so smooth! I have a set on a vintage Gold Star but ironically not on my Rickard Spunover....yet.

Jul 26, 2021 - 5:36:11 PM

jfb

USA

2448 posts since 9/30/2004

Got them today, packaged well and look terrific!


 

Jul 27, 2021 - 1:51:52 PM

11765 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by jfb

Got them today, packaged well and look terrific!


Nice! A needle file and some patience should be all you need to fit your buttons to those tuners.

The first one will take the longest as you file & fit, file & fit etc… Button 2 will go much faster and, by button 4, you'll be an old hand at it. One of the things you'll learn is that precision is not required as the flat sides do the work—you want the half-rounds to center the button on the shaft and nothing more.

Jul 27, 2021 - 5:25:41 PM
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jfb

USA

2448 posts since 9/30/2004

Thanks Mike
I actually was thinking of trying to machine a set, but looking thru my 50 years of banjo hobby, I found four that actually fit the Ricksrd,s.
Here’s a photo of them on DA’s Yates repro neck They give a little bit of aged look. The tuners are smooth and easy to use. Thanks very much for your thoughts, but my hands are too shaky for that detail work.


 

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