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Aug 3, 2021 - 1:03:53 PM
5 posts since 8/3/2021

I have a 1970s probably East German Musima 5-string banjo and am finding it difficult to source tuning buttons to replace its cracked ones. Does anyone know where I can get hold of at least 3? Tried instrument repair shops in the UK but have had no success up to now.

Aug 3, 2021 - 1:06:55 PM

banjonz

New Zealand

11235 posts since 6/29/2003

It is doubtful that music shops would have them unless they have old tuners they have swapped out from an instrument. Someone here may have some old ones. Best post some photos of them for reference.

Aug 3, 2021 - 1:07:35 PM

2724 posts since 4/7/2010

Photos of a good one and the shaft you are trying to fit the knob to are necessary. Musima banjos are not all that common, but there might be an aftermarket part that will work with minimal modification.

Bob Smakula

Aug 3, 2021 - 1:11:43 PM

5 posts since 8/3/2021

Thanks for replies. Banjo currently at a repair shop. Will post photos tomorrow.

Aug 5, 2021 - 7:44:54 AM

5 posts since 8/3/2021

I may have sourced 5 buttons from a private seller in Germany. Not yet certain so I've decided to post photos anyway. Any help in tracking buttons down greatly appreciated. Thanks.




 

Aug 7, 2021 - 4:48:09 AM
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Helix

USA

14498 posts since 8/30/2006

First, welcome to the hangout.
I'll be surprised if those patent dodgers fit, good luck, I like the project.

Aug 8, 2021 - 8:52:14 AM

11702 posts since 10/27/2006

quote:
Originally posted by stunic

I may have sourced 5 buttons from a private seller in Germany. Not yet certain so I've decided to post photos anyway. Any help in tracking buttons down greatly appreciated. Thanks.


We also need to see a picture of the shaft. Remove the screw and slide the button off.

Aug 11, 2021 - 12:36:56 AM

5 posts since 8/3/2021

Here are a couple of photos of the shaft.




 

Aug 11, 2021 - 12:40:06 AM

5 posts since 8/3/2021

And here's a head-on photo of the button from below.


 

Aug 11, 2021 - 4:58:37 PM

11702 posts since 10/27/2006

Regular "double D" buttons might just slip on. These are the most common.

If the holes are too small, a couple of needle files, one flat or rectangular; the other round or half-round will work. Should you have to go this route, the first will take forever while you file and fit, file and fit etc. The next one will take 1/4 the time and when you get to the fourth, you'll be an old hand at this.

Precision is not important—a snug, slip-fit is all that counts.

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