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Jul 1, 2022 - 11:49:19 AM

BB-57

USA

3 posts since 7/1/2022

I have a Challenger tenor banjo. It has S/N 115. One of its pegs broke off. The tuning adjusters are “Page Geared Peg.”

Is there a way to obtain an exact replacement for this adjuster?

Jul 1, 2022 - 12:13:54 PM

BB-57

USA

3 posts since 7/1/2022

Here’s the photo of the broken peg. And one of all adjusters.

Looking forward to your help.




Jul 1, 2022 - 12:27:35 PM
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mbanza

USA

2495 posts since 9/16/2007

Some here, though slightly different:  banjohangout.org/classifieds/s...uery=page

Edited by - mbanza on 07/01/2022 12:29:31

Jul 1, 2022 - 2:53:07 PM
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9784 posts since 8/28/2013

Page tuners can be very difficult to find, because the pot metal casings of many of them crumble. Yours appear to be the better ones.

I've never seen a tuner post break like that.

You may have to go with a set of tuners, but the headstock will likely need modification for a modern set. Modern tuners require a larger hole. People swear by the Gotoh tuners, available at the best price from Smakula Fretted Instruments.

Keep looking. Even though the set Verne has linked to are slightly different, that might still be a good -place to start. Lange, as well as many other companies, used a multitude of alternate tuners, and even the Page tuners changed over the years. There are many Paramount banjos (Lange's top model) that have changed tuners, and I don't believe it has much effect on value because folks just expect the old tuners to be non-working.

Jul 1, 2022 - 3:02:55 PM
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BB-57

I have one of those. I'll send a private message and discuss if it makes sense to buy mine, or upgrade to a set of Gotoh tuners.

Bob Smakula
smakula.com

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 07/01/2022 15:03:36

Jul 1, 2022 - 4:21:59 PM
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9784 posts since 8/28/2013

New Gotohs, to me, would be an improvement over 80 year old anythings. Page tuners were not exactly the greatest tuners even when they weren't old.

Jul 1, 2022 - 5:17:15 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11475 posts since 6/29/2003

Some time ago I replaced a set of Paige tuners on a Clifford Essex tenor banjo with Gotohs. I tried to obtain the old tuners but the owner was reluctant to part with them. I try and keep as much old gear as I can for this very reason.

Jul 3, 2022 - 5:11:08 AM

BB-57

USA

3 posts since 7/1/2022

Thanks everyone. I’ve been able to purchase an exact replacement from the community. AND I’ve learned a lot.

Tom

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