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Mar 3, 2024 - 2:26:56 PM
5649 posts since 5/29/2011

In a recent post about my Kluson D tuners, I mentioned that I had bought the pair as part of a lot. Among the other parts in the lot was this pair of cam-style D tuners that I had never seen before. They are marked on the shaft, under the knobs, with a G and a B. The only other markings on them are the word Detroit under the knobs. The buttons have a stylized letter W, or a letter M, depending on which way you look at them.
Does anyone have any idea what these are? I am looking forward to using them on my next build.




 

Mar 3, 2024 - 3:40:19 PM
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The buttons are from a plastic Maccaferri guitar. I do not think Mario Maccaferri ever made banjo parts, though it wouldn't surprise me if he did.

Bob Smakula
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Mar 3, 2024 - 4:15:57 PM

5649 posts since 5/29/2011

Thanks, Bob. Was Maccafferi based in Detroit? Or is it likely that someone took the buttons and machined a pair of D-tuners to fit them?
An interesting detail is that the black plastic shafts are countersunk on the bottoms where the knobs can fit into them.

Mar 3, 2024 - 4:17:44 PM

15646 posts since 10/30/2008

Never seen anything like those. Do they have any kind of built in "limiter" on how much they rotate?

Mar 3, 2024 - 5:25:43 PM

5649 posts since 5/29/2011

There is a pin on one side of each tuner which could be a stop used in conjunction with pegs mounted on the peghead, kind of like Kluson D tuners used. There is also a sliding piece to adjust the length of the cam on each one.

Mar 4, 2024 - 3:51:33 AM
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Maccaferri was in New York City. He made his fortune with plastic clothespins, but also was a manufacturer of plastic guitars and the Arthur Godfrey plastic ukulele. I have seen the tuners with the M on guitars.

Bob Smakula

Mar 4, 2024 - 6:21:34 AM
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RioStat

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Here's a set of Maccaferri friction tuners (or at least the buttons) that are on an old Strad-O-Lin banjo I bought.


 

Mar 4, 2024 - 7:49:09 AM
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Scott, those knobs are exactly like the ones on my tuners. My camera is not capable of taking close-up shots that clearly.

Mar 4, 2024 - 8:14:45 AM
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RioStat

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quote:
Originally posted by Culloden

Scott, those knobs are exactly like the ones on my tuners. My camera is not capable of taking close-up shots that clearly.


Mark,  I zoomed in on your photos enough to see that they looked like the tuner buttons on that Strad-O-Lin banjo I have.

Those D-tuners are probably home-made (by a skilled machinist) who just used some tuner knows he got somewhere.....and they just happened to be Maccaferri's.

Truthfully, I'd never even heard of "Maccaferri" until Bob Smakula mentioned the name, in this thread.

Edited by - RioStat on 03/04/2024 08:21:46

Mar 4, 2024 - 12:38:18 PM
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here are the tuners on the plastic Maccafferi guitar. Got one at a junk store in the 80's. Also a photo of Djanjo with one




 

Mar 4, 2024 - 12:40:09 PM

23 posts since 4/28/2020

Django's of course is the usual model, not the later plastic model.

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