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Sep 30, 2022 - 8:33:45 AM
12 posts since 5/4/2022

Does anybody know wether gotoh planetary tuners are made of brass under the nickel coating? I know they offer a raw brass option, but here in the U.K. I can’t get them without ordering overseas.

If they are definitely brass under the nickel, I’m considering a set and polishing away the coating down to the brass. But I don’t want to buy them only to find steel underneath.

Sep 30, 2022 - 12:56:58 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11633 posts since 6/29/2003

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Originally posted by BTaylor

Does anybody know wether gotoh planetary tuners are made of brass under the nickel coating? I know they offer a raw brass option, but here in the U.K. I can’t get them without ordering overseas.

If they are definitely brass under the nickel, I’m considering a set and polishing away the coating down to the brass. But I don’t want to buy them only to find steel underneath.


You could contact Bob Smakula here on the forum. He  sell Gotohs.

Oct 1, 2022 - 5:03:39 AM
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John Yerxa

Australia

61 posts since 9/13/2021

Yes, Bob sells the raw brass and the "X Gold" that resembles brass but won't tarnish - and his International shipping is excellent.

https://www.smakula.com/index.html

Edited by - John Yerxa on 10/01/2022 05:04:21

Oct 1, 2022 - 6:37:42 AM
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3125 posts since 4/7/2010

BTaylor

The Gotoh nickel plated tuners have some steel parts. When I initiated the Gotoh raw brass banjo tuner option Gotoh explained that to manufacture an all brass banjo tuner, the cost would have to be more than the nickel plated due to the extra cost of some steel parts needing to be made of more expensive brass.

The housing of the 5th tuner is die cast. their best option to replicate a brass color is their X-gold finish.

The small cost difference between raw brass tuners ($75 for planets & $17 for 5th) is a much better idea than buying nickel plated ($65 for planets and $12 for the 5th) and spending the time to buff off the nickel.

First class postage to the UK is $17 for one set of banjo tuners.

Hope my information helps.

Bob Smakula
smakula.com

Edited by - Bob Smakula on 10/01/2022 06:38:07

Oct 1, 2022 - 7:17:25 AM

12 posts since 5/4/2022

Good to know Bob, thanks. I was hoping they’d be all brass but you’ve saved me finding out the hard way.

Yes, it looks like if I want brass I need to buy the bullet and order from abroad. Totally hear you about the difference in (parts) cost not being that much. The problem for me is when you add together the extra cost, the shipping and sadly, the 20% import duty tax calculated on the value of the package by U.K. customs, the combined cost is significantly more than it should be.

Seems I’ve got some thinking to do. And probably some money to spend. I wish I could just get what I need in the U.K.!

Cheers,

Ben

Oct 1, 2022 - 9:00:08 AM
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martyjoe

Ireland

218 posts since 3/24/2020

I Can 2nd John yerxa’s comment that Bobs international shipping is excellant. I also found that he is very helpfull In regards the duty to be paid.

Oct 1, 2022 - 9:40:42 AM

12 posts since 5/4/2022

quote:
Originally posted by martyjoe

I Can 2nd John yerxa’s comment that Bobs international shipping is excellant. I also found that he is very helpfull In regards the duty to be paid.


Oct 1, 2022 - 9:42:15 AM

12 posts since 5/4/2022

Sounds good. How so? Can’t see how to private message which may be appropriate here!

Oct 1, 2022 - 11:28:06 AM

3125 posts since 4/7/2010

Click on a highlighted user name. That will take you to their home page. You will see an option to send a private message on their home page.

Bob Smakula

Oct 1, 2022 - 2:03:57 PM

beegee

USA

23127 posts since 7/6/2005

quote:
Originally posted by BTaylor

Good to know Bob, thanks. I was hoping they’d be all brass but you’ve saved me finding out the hard way.

Yes, it looks like if I want brass I need to buy the bullet and order from abroad. Totally hear you about the difference in (parts) cost not being that much. The problem for me is when you add together the extra cost, the shipping and sadly, the 20% import duty tax calculated on the value of the package by U.K. customs, the combined cost is significantly more than it should be.

Seems I’ve got some thinking to do. And probably some money to spend. I wish I could just get what I need in the U.K.!

Cheers,

Ben


Does the VAT, etc also apply to used merchandise? How you declare value on used articles?

Oct 1, 2022 - 2:14:40 PM
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banjonz

New Zealand

11633 posts since 6/29/2003

quote:
Originally posted by BTaylor

Good to know Bob, thanks. I was hoping they’d be all brass but you’ve saved me finding out the hard way.

Yes, it looks like if I want brass I need to buy the bullet and order from abroad. Totally hear you about the difference in (parts) cost not being that much. The problem for me is when you add together the extra cost, the shipping and sadly, the 20% import duty tax calculated on the value of the package by U.K. customs, the combined cost is significantly more than it should be.

Seems I’ve got some thinking to do. And probably some money to spend. I wish I could just get what I need in the U.K.!

Cheers,

Ben


I feel your pain Ben. It is the same for getting items here to New Zealand. Bob is my go to guy for many items I need.

Oct 2, 2022 - 12:40:15 AM

12 posts since 5/4/2022

@beegee I’m not sure about used stuff. My understanding is the sender is required to fill out paperwork declaring the value of the contents of the package and import duty is calculated based on that. I know personal items/gifts can get round it up to a point, or if the value is declared as say under $50 it would incur little to no charge.

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