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    Hey all you mando heads, where can I find an inexpensive mandolin string winder for changing strings? #All I seem to be able to find are string winders for guitars and basses. I am not interested in the twenty some odd dollar ones offered at Elderly.



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    I took a standard $2 plastic Dunlop guitar model and sawed off a section that fits over the tuner to make it the right width for mando. Then I superglued the end piece back in place. Presto. A $2 mando string winder.

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    Willard's idea works very well. Other alternatives might include a home made hardwood winder (I make my own), the Planet Waves winder which fits small buttons well, and the Dean Markley Turbotune. Good luck!

    Peace, Mooh.

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    I will second the recommendation for the Dean Markley Turbotune. I have used one on the mando for years and never felt the need to find a better one. I especially like that the head pops out and fits in a electric screwdriver and that the head has multiple contours so that it can be used on any size tuning buttons, from bass to mando, equally well.

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    Yeah, I'm a tightwad like Willard, I did the same thing. Put a little tape around it so I don't whack any lacquer of the points. Does work fine, and very cheap!
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    Hey guess what, I was in a music store and came across a string winder that can handle guitars and mandos. It has two slots, one narrow for mandos, the other sized for guitar that is mated in the middle like a cross. It is called Hefty String Winder (and bridge pin remover) by D'Andrea. Yonkle and Willard, good ideas, thanks.
    Dave

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