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    Default Howe-Orme mandolin repair

    Greetings all,
    Last weekend I happened upon a Howe-Orme mandolin in a thrift shop. It's a hundred years old and in good condition. I am now the proud owner.
    I plan to address a few minor issues. The first issue is very stiff tuners. I have ultra light strings on order. When they arrive I plan to remove one tuner and clean it hydrosonically. Reinstall it with new strings and tune to pitch to keep tension on. I will then do the remaining tuner and strings.
    I'm comfortable with the task, but would be grateful to draw on the experience of the community to ensure that I get it right.
    The first thing that I notice is that the winding post passes through the headstock without any noticable bushing. I'm concerned that binding here could be a contributing factor to the stiffness.
    Steve

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    Default Re: Howe-Orme mandolin repair

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    Default Re: Howe-Orme mandolin repair

    Take them off, strip them right down and clean thoroughly, then put them back together and hope for the best

    Normally the main issue you have with bush-less tuners like these is that the holes become oblong over time - that does not appear to have happened in this case though. Also since they are worm-under if the posts do develop a lean under string tension then they will tend to slip rather than bind, so hopefully a good clean will fix things. Also use a PTFE based lubricant on them once clean - apply it while the heads are off the instrument, and let it dry thoroughly before replacing (your local cycle shot will have a selection of suitable PTFE lubes).

    Congrats on your purchase!

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    Default Re: Howe-Orme mandolin repair

    Wow. Wonderful find.
    One watch by night, one watch by day...if you get confused, just listen to the music play.

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    Default Re: Howe-Orme mandolin repair

    Thanks guys.
    And thank you for the insight and tips Tavy. I'll search out some PTFE.
    Steve

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