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
Have them. Love them. Not that big a hassle putting on strings. Much better at fine tuning than other pegs.
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.
worth every penny, drops right into most peghead holes.
I have them on my fretless. Easy to tune up and the pegs hold the tuning. They are worth the money.
100% recommend. Easy to dial-in your string pitch. They are smooth as silk with no slop (as I call it).
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
Got a set on the way, sounds interesting, no gears, to see how that works.
What do your buttons look like?
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.
Bill Rogers (Moderator)
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.
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?
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
Absolutely worth the money. I wish I had them on all of my banjos
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.
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.
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.
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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