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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2012 7:09 am 
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Personaly I use the Grover A Style and have had no issues thus far . Its about as cheap as I like to go . For the challenge I have a set of the economy version and will change them out later down the road .

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:01 pm 
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City: Bega
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Zip/Postal Code: 2550
Country: Australia
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I have been using Rubner tuners on my flattop mandolins as a cheaper alternative. Difficult to get in the USA, but you can get them from
http://luthierssupplies.com.au/index.php?cPath=24_486_487
or direct from the manufacturer in Germany
http://rubner-markneukirchen.de/onlineshop/index.php?cat=c152_mandolin.html&XTCsid=ace539b4e784a820055dd6977b3e14df

They have a large choice of various configurations, including Ebony or Rosewood knobs. The web page is only a small sample of the possibilities. Best to contact them and get a catalogue.

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:00 pm 
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I don't think there are any that compare the "Sta-tites", in terms of bang for the $. I've used the regular A-style tuners from Grover, Schaller, Gotoh and the new "Golden Age" ones from Stewmac, and the quality seems about the same. The "Economy" Grovers from LMI work OK, but they feel very cheap and heavy, with those metal buttons. I think it mostly comes down to the look you prefer. Also make sure you consider the options regarding the worm gear's position relative to the cog when you design your headstock, they are not necessarily interchangeable (worm below=old style). Mandolins tend to be neck heavy, so it makes sense to use light weight tuners, and many makers swap out the stock bushings with those thin walled ones sold by Stewmac to save weight. Another good investment is a tuner drilling jig...

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 Post subject: Good, inexpensive tuners
PostPosted: Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:05 pm 
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I'm with Arnt on the Sta-Tites. I got two sets of open backs on EBay for $29.99 each. Pretty reasonable I thought.

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 08, 2012 10:17 pm 
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The stew mac "economy" tuners are as advertised. I have them on my mandolin and as a player I honestly dont care. They work fine. Not quality by any means. For a step up, the grovers, which are like 70$ or so I think, are great. I love those tuners.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:18 pm 
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Found this site http://www.pegheds.net/peghed-picturesdetails.html for pegheds at a good price.
Haven't used them yet but the price was less than any other place I found them.

I see some people like them and some don't as they are geared 4:1


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