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Oct 16, 2021 - 8:23:24 AM
1528 posts since 8/30/2012

I'm working on a Wildwood Troubadour from the 80s. One of the tuning pegs is broken. My problem is, the existing peghead holes are too large for the replacement tuners I have (5 Star and Rickard). The replacement tuners would typically use a standard 3/8 (10mm) hole, but I think these older tuners and the peghead holes are closer to 11mm.

Are there any makers of banjo tuners for larger peghead holes? Will putting smaller tuners into the big holes cause problems? Or should I bring this to someone more skilled to shim the holes to a smaller diameter so modern 10mm tuners fit?

Photos attached for reference, I'm not sure what tuners these are. First photo is the tuners I have, they're off a newer Bart Reiter so I think 5 star but they don't look like the 5 stars on Stewmac website. Second photo is the Wildwood with broken tuner in the background. 


Edited by - KCJones on 10/16/2021 08:24:31

Oct 16, 2021 - 9:33:16 AM
like this

2794 posts since 4/7/2010

The first photo look like planet tuners from China that I have seen sold by Saga and I think Gold Tone. The tuners on your Wildwood are Schallers. They should be 10 mm. If the holes are bigger than your new tuners, I would try using heat shrink tubing around the tuner shaft to make it bigger and be stable. And if it doesn't work, it is really easy to remove. The next step would be to have the peghead holes filled and redrilled.

Bob Smakula
smakula.com

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