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    So, I've been thinking about replacing the clunky tuners on my Silverangel with some Rubners, since they get such good reviews here...

    I'd like to get the brushed nickel tuners with the black buttons... really, just about any of their tuners with the black buttons would be OK.

    Problem: on the Rubner website, almost all of the F model tuners say "sold out". I check back every few months, but they always say sold out. I've probably been looking at them for about a year now...

    Are they still making mandolin tuners? How / where do you guys get these tuners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstring View Post
    So, I've been thinking about replacing the clunky tuners on my Silverangel with some Rubners, since they get such good reviews here...

    I'd like to get the brushed nickel tuners with the black buttons... really, just about any of their tuners with the black buttons would be OK.

    Problem: on the Rubner website, almost all of the F model tuners say "sold out". I check back every few months, but they always say sold out. I've probably been looking at them for about a year now...

    Are they still making mandolin tuners? How / where do you guys get these tuners?

    Thanks!
    I just went to the Rubner web site. Of the 6 F style mandolin tuners 3 read "sold out". The other 3 read "Sale". I know I bought Rubner tuners this year in July, from the web site. Two sets. One F, one A. There is also a phone number there and an email. They were very responsive when contacted. Also helpful.
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    Yes, contact Kent George at Rubner by phone or email and he will be happy to tell you what is available. If you want a specific set that says "sold out" there is usually (in my experience) a waiting time of up to 6 weeks.
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    Thanks guys, it's Friday night...I'll give him a call on Monday and see what he says...
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    I have been waiting 2 months for a replacement tuner from Kent, not sure what's going on, but might be due to shipping delays. He thought it would be two weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    I have been waiting 2 months for a replacement tuner from Kent, not sure what's going on, but might be due to shipping delays. He thought it would be two weeks.
    That does sound odd. I agree. Got mine within a few days back in July.
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    Quote Originally Posted by willkamm View Post
    That does sound odd. I agree. Got mine within a few days back in July.
    Did you buy the tuners with white buttons? Those seem to be available... ones with black buttons have said "out of stock" for a year now...
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    Mine have black buttons and are loose. Kent said they were having machining problems and would replace the tuners, could be that is why no black button tuners for so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jstring View Post
    Did you buy the tuners with white buttons? Those seem to be available... ones with black buttons have said "out of stock" for a year now...
    Both of my sets have black buttons. Purchased in July of 2016. On line. At the website. I just went back to the Rubner website. There are "F" mandolin tuner sets with white (1) Brown (1) and black (2) buttons all that read "Sale". The website permits me to put those in the cart. Yes there are 2 or 3 F style that read "sold" out.
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    Very old thread but an update you might not know about ! Rubner had a fire and they are in the process of retooling, etc ! Rubner has redesigned their F tuners and hopefully will become available in late September according to Kent !
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    This is a response I received yesterday from Kent George:

    Jim,

    Several models will be available soon. We are not done calculating overall cost, but we think the new RMp design will start at $180.00.
    Sets will include screws and head stock bushings.
    Until we get the new design completed, we are holding off taking any special orders.
    Once everything is ready, you can order any combination of designs that we don't stock.
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    So glad to hear. I went searching and saw that the F styles were mostly out of stock, it seemed. Thanks Jim and Kent!
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    You don't want the old style F tuners as there were/are problems with them but the new F tuners are suppose to be much improved !
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    Rubner makes a great product and has stood behind it. I had an older set of A style with ebony buttons where the buttons came loose. Yhey were great and replaced the tuners. Good folks and great product.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pops1 View Post
    Rubner makes a great product and has stood behind it. I had an older set of A style with ebony buttons where the buttons came loose. Yhey were great and replaced the tuners. Good folks and great product.
    I agree that Rubner's are great tuners and I have them on my Girouard Oval A. Hopefully the Luxury F tuners will be available sometime in September for my F4 that Max Girouard is building.
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    Rubner now saying after December into January 2020 ! Running out of patience and if not available by end of January I will switch to a different brand !
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    In the computer industry we referred to this sort of thing as vaporware. It's better to realistically manage people's expectations rather than string them along no matter what the cause is. I hope they become available soon.
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    I ordered a set of A style Rubners from their web site and got the dull brass with the black ebony buttons.
    I had them shipped to luthier Ken who has already put them on my Silver Angel Fantasma. He had them a few days after I ordered them.
    I haven't seen them yet.

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    I'm pretty sure there have been certain A styles available all along.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    I'm pretty sure there have been certain A styles available all along.
    The last time I communicated with Rubner USA, I was told A tuners are available as just the F tuners have been delayed and delayed and delayed and------- well, you get it !
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    I'm hopeful they become available soon, not holding my breath anymore however. I've had to find alternatives for the last 3 mandolin builds. I'd put the quality of the Rubners up with Waverly. Now, Waverly tuners in nickel are just north of $500.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sliebers View Post
    ... I'd put the quality of the Rubners up with Waverly. ..
    That's generous, I've had both and can't do that. It's not that Rubner's aren't fine tuners but the Waverly mandolin tuners are a work of art. Yes they are expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeEdgerton View Post
    That's generous, I've had both and can't do that. It's not that Rubner's aren't fine tuners but the Waverly mandolin tuners are a work of art. Yes they are expensive.
    I suppose it was a bit generous. I thought the performance of the Rubners were on par Waverly.

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    I'd like to use Rubners as my standard mando tuners, but it's difficult when they can't keep them in stock (that's good for them, I suppose). I'd love to see them narrow their models down to 4 options: nickel with ebony or ivoroid buttons, and brass (or, preferably, gold) with ebony or ivoroid buttons, and then keep those 4 options in stock. In my experience, that would cover the requests of most of my customers (who don't opt for Waverlys instead).

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    I have used quite a few Rubners on my mandolins but have pretty much given up on them because of availability problems and now use Schaller GrandTune. I can get them locally, but there are still occasional problems with the distributer out of stock. However, the latest batch of GrandTune tuners are a little different. Much better, and easier to install. They used to be super critical on hole spacing and thus a pain to install. So much better I think you would be hard pressed to tell the difference from Waverlies. Silky smooth, and IMHO on another level from Rubners.
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