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    That's untrue. Martin and many other builders used these tuners.

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    Yes, I found this out today while doing some research.

    As far a the laser engraving, its can be done. But no one in my area has one powerful enough for a good cut on pearl. Besides, they would look laser engraved. In other words, the originals look handmade, and the repros should too. Now I'm just going to have to try a set...

    I thought the buttons may have originally been poured with inlays included.. Interesting.

    Also, I noticed many of these buttons had more of a flower and leaf design than simply dots. Did any original buttons just have the dots?

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    Mike Blohm once made me a set for a 000-45 style Holoubek guitar. They looked fabulous and dead right for the guitar. Does anyone know if Mike or anyone else is still making these. Yeah it's bling which appeals to some just as a beautiful piece of pottery or other antique/art item may.

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    Tom Ellis has made Handel reproduction tuners that appear on at least one of his mandolins that I'm aware of, possibly more, and as you can imagine, they're spectacular right down to the detail. No idea if he's selling them in retail though and I'd hesitate to ask him even myself.

    Best way to find out is to place a Classified ad. You can ask here but someone in the business of making these will likely see the question on the Classifieds a lot quicker.

    Picture of Tom's below:

    Tom Ellis mandolin with Handel tuners

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    I saw some of those at the Ellis shop and that mandolin. Spectacular. Even more spectacular were the inlayed ebony buttons. The inlays really popped on those. They were like fine jewelry and probably priced that way.
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    Default Re: Mike Blohm's Handel Tuner Replicas

    Quote Originally Posted by Mandolin Cafe View Post
    Tom Ellis has made Handel reproduction tuners that appear on at least one of his mandolins that I'm aware of, possibly more, and as you can imagine, they're spectacular right down to the detail. No idea if he's selling them in retail though and I'd hesitate to ask him even myself.
    It's been a couple of years, but when I was last at Tom's shop, he and Pava were showing me these inlaid tuner buttons. This was when they were first developing their method of making them. Both Tom and Pava had done a lot of research on the original methods and materials for the Handel inlaid tuner buttons. I expressed interest in buying a set for my Ellis F5, and was quoted a price. Unless something has changed, they seemed to be willing to sell these to individual customers. I wouldn't hesitate to call the shop and ask.
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    Changed my mind. I sent them a note and here's what I found out below. If interested you can get in touch with them through their web site.

    We do sell the “Handel” style buttons for F style waverly tuners. The retail cost for the shell and wire inlaid set is $500. It is possible that we will make Shell only buttons at a lower cost.

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    Default Re: Mike Blohm Handel Tuner Replicas

    Here's a pic of the ebony inlaid buttons

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    Default Re: Mike Blohm Handel Tuner Replicas

    Those ebony buttons are spectacular!

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    That's the coolest thing we've seen in awhile. OMG.

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    Spectacular...

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    All that was said above! YESSSSSSSS!

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    Wow, wow, wowwowwow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ellisppi View Post
    Here's a pic of the ebony inlaid buttons

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    Waaayyyy better.
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    Yowzaahh! Sparkly knobs - outstanding work, sir. Thanks for sharing this.

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    Those really knocked me out when I saw them last summer. Thanks for posting the picture!
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    Oh yes... and that headstock and Fern inlay are spectacular as well... Tom is a genius!

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    As a friend of long standing used to say:
    “A higher degree of elegance”!

    And a side note, please notice the trimmed string tails, none of this “hacked off” appearance that seems so prevalent. These are small details but, they each make an impact on the visual appeal. There is visual harmony when the components all agree to make the overall picture (shape or form) pleasant and inviting.
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    I didn't think I would like dark inlaid buttons, I was wrong. Those look fantastic there.

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    DANG, Tom Ellis...Dang. Magnificent work.

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    You could frame prints of that! Drop-dead gorgeous!
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    Default Re: Mike Blohm Handel Tuner Replicas

    Collings case.
    Ellis tuner buttons.

    I have a few upgrades to consider. . .

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    [QUOTE=ellisppi;1623010]Here's a pic of the ebony inlaid buttons
    Amazing -BRAVO !

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    I'm surprised the truss rod cover isn't inlaid so as to not disrupt the headstock inlay.

    I say this based on the presumption that someone with the eye for detail to do button inlays would be bothered by the truss rod cover.

    I personally have no problem... its amazing.

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    Default Re: Mike Blohm Handel Tuner Replicas

    Quote Originally Posted by ellisppi View Post
    Here's a pic of the ebony inlaid buttons

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    Spectacular as always Tom. Hope we can a pick a few soon.

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