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Sep 12, 2021 - 3:29:42 PM
912 posts since 3/23/2006

Only the 5th string tuner raises a question. Use a file to cut a channel for the fin on the Rickard or just file it down? Taper of the hole looks the same on both but until I decide on fin solution, I can't tell for sure.

Sep 12, 2021 - 4:33:56 PM
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2427 posts since 12/18/2004

I am a dealer for the great Rickard banjo tuners out of my shop.
The taper is the same on both 5th tuners.
I always file down the spline on the Gotoh and Rickard 5th tuners about 1/2 way as they need some spline in order not to ever spin in hole under string pressure......but IMO they leave it way too high and it is possible to split your neck if you were to line it up on a grain line in the neck so filing it off half way is a good remedy for this problem.
It is soft metal and very easy to do but I recommend putting a couple pcs of tape over edge of tuner to protect it from a file mis-lick if so you won't hit tuner and scratch nickel plating.
You will love the way the tuners perform!
Don Bryant NC banjo luthier

Edited by - bryantde on 09/12/2021 16:34:54

Sep 13, 2021 - 9:50:33 AM

912 posts since 3/23/2006

Thanks, Don!

Sep 13, 2021 - 1:43:32 PM

2765 posts since 4/16/2003

If you have a geared 5th already, I don't see any advantage in replacing it with the Rickard 5th -- UNLESS the Rickard is geared differently from the one that's on there now.

I'd replace the tuners for strings 1-4, and leave it at that.
But that's just me...

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