Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: Schaller tuning machine repair?

  1. #1
    Is there a "talent" knob? taboot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    686

    Default Schaller tuning machine repair?

    See attached photos showing deterioration of some parts on my Schaller tuning machines. Those little white washers are all rotting out as time passes, the two circled ones are the worst. I wonder if anyone has faced this before, and if there’s a repair option before going all the way to replacement? Thanks for any help!Click image for larger version. 

Name:	601F7391-0600-480E-86E3-C48A3A96C3B3.jpeg 
Views:	46 
Size:	488.3 KB 
ID:	163052Click image for larger version. 

Name:	958DC7BB-AE21-4F75-9A74-B7A20F6D6726.jpeg 
Views:	97 
Size:	536.9 KB 
ID:	163053
    Christian McKee

    Member, The Big North Duo
    Musical Director, The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra

  2. #2
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Central Illinois
    Posts
    2,626

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    Quote Originally Posted by taboot View Post
    See attached photos showing deterioration of some parts on my Schaller tuning machines. Those little white washers are all rotting out as time passes, the two circled ones are the worst. I wonder if anyone has faced this before, and if there’s a repair option before going all the way to replacement? Thanks for any help!Click image for larger version. 

Name:	601F7391-0600-480E-86E3-C48A3A96C3B3.jpeg 
Views:	46 
Size:	488.3 KB 
ID:	163052Click image for larger version. 

Name:	958DC7BB-AE21-4F75-9A74-B7A20F6D6726.jpeg 
Views:	97 
Size:	536.9 KB 
ID:	163053
    Have you contacted Schaller ? I would start there !
    My two favorite pastimes are drinking wine and playing the mandolin but most of my friends would rather hear me drink wine! Adapted from quote by Mark Twain------supposedly !

  3. #3
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    21,435

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    Except those aren't Schaller tuners. They appear to be Grovers.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  4. The following members say thank you to MikeEdgerton for this post:


  5. #4
    Teacher, luthier
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Southeast Tennessee
    Posts
    653

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    First place I would try is Ace Hardware, in the boxes where they keep all the machine screws, springs, and such. They have all kinds of washers made of fiber, plastic, and rubber. They might very well have something that will work. You might have to dig for a while to find what you need, but it's surprising how much different stuff you can find in those boxes.

  6. #5
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    21,435

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    You also might check out the washers on this page. They list the sizes in the descriptions. You could also contact Grover. They might actually have those parts.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  7. #6
    Is there a "talent" knob? taboot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Portland, Oregon
    Posts
    686

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    Thanks, Mike. I wasn’t confident in my identification of them, so I’ll take a look at what Grover has.
    Christian McKee

    Member, The Big North Duo
    Musical Director, The Oregon Mandolin Orchestra

  8. #7
    Jim1Hays
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Loveland Colorado
    Posts
    67

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    I had a set of schaller tuning machines put on my Washburn by a local Luthier, or so they claim at a music store. I have had problems with them being hard to adjust once the strings, E strings in particular, get up to tone. They feel like they are binding. I loosened the screw on the end of the tuning peg to release some of the tension and it seems to have fixed the issue. Does anyone know if these should be setup when installed or should I return them to Schaller?

  9. #8
    Moderator MikeEdgerton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    40.191N -74.2W
    Posts
    21,435

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    If that fixed your problem they should be good to go as long as they aren't so loose that the strings go out of tune.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

  10. #9
    Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    S.W. Wisconsin
    Posts
    4,315

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    you might want to put some fingernail polish or something to stop the screw, which is now not tight, from loosening and getting lost.
    THE WORLD IS A BETTER PLACE JUST FOR YOUR SMILE!

  11. #10
    Jim1Hays
    Join Date
    Dec 2014
    Location
    Loveland Colorado
    Posts
    67

    Default Re: Schaller tuning machine repair?

    The shaft is not loosening up to allow the string to detune. It is holding great.

    - - - Updated - - -

    Thanks for the nail polish suggestion though!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •