October 14, 2012 by Tim
What makes a good tuner? Weight? Gear ratio? Does it stick out the back (Friction or PegHed)? or does it stick out the side? Button color/material? Open gear or does it have a cover? Did you know that some tuners have sealed insides with a lubricant? It is enough to make you lay awake at night, at least me when I had a custom uke made.
Just know that people have opinions, I have an opinion; they should stick out the back of the headstock. But I do not think geared tuners are stupid, they are just another option.
What we have here are some tuners that a friend wanted to try out on a build he was going to do. He thought the way that the adjustable height post was pretty cool and wanted to see them. Also he wanted a light tuner. The Gotoh UK700 fits that bill, so I asked the distributor to send me a set, and he did.
These tuners are very cool. the post height can be adjusted at anytime. if you start with the post at its lowest position, all you have to do is unscrew the post to the proper height, then tighten the inter screw to lock it in place. There are two left and two right tuners, meaning that one side goes left to loosen, while the other goes right to loosen. Making it so the constant pressure of the strings keeps it tight. Proof that the Japanese are really smart.
Gear Ratio: 1:15
Button: White Plastic
First look: (4) When you look at the, they look like ordinary run of the mill tuners with plastic buttons. You want a sexy look, get the ST31.
Fit and Finish: (5) I will start with one little negative. I wish I could not see the ridge on the plastic button. that is my only issue. They seem to be built out of nice materials and finished well. many small parts and they are all flawless (Besides the buttons).
One thing I like are the collars are not screwed on, they are just tapped into place and the post floats freely.
Tuning: (Unknown) I have not been able to try them out on a ukulele, but when I played with them they move like butter.
Comfort: (Unknown) The buttons are nice size and since they are geared there will be no pressure to real work to tighten strings.
With so many tuners out there, it can be hard to choose the “right” ones. These are well made nice tuners made for the ukulele, and not for guitars or other instruments then adapted for the uke. Go with what you feel is right for you. I would use these if I had a super thick headstock and it seemed the posts were below where they should be (Like this uke).
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Places to buy on the web: Not Super easy to find online
You can find them from a few places, but the best place for consumer and dealers to get them would be talk to Scott Ando at DoMo International