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    Default Wanting to upgrade tuners on my Kentucky KM150

    I would like to upgrade the tuners on my Kentucky KM150 mandolin.
    Any Idea of what would be a drop in replacement tuner set? No drilling, I would like to be able to just swap out the tuners.
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    Default Re: Wanting to upgrade tuners on my Kentucky KM150

    You have to measure the tuners from post center to post center. The standard would be .906 inches or 23.01 mm. The problem is that Kentucky has used some off sized tuners in the past. Post a picture of the back of the headstock and we might be able to ID what brand you currently have.
    "Bargain instruments are no bargains if you can't play them". These are the words of J. Garber.

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    Default Re: Wanting to upgrade tuners on my Kentucky KM150

    Any particular reason you want to upgrade them? The ones on my 150 work great, and for the price of tuners if you just save and double the money you could upgrade to a better mandolin
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    Default Re: Wanting to upgrade tuners on my Kentucky KM150

    Quote Originally Posted by Gunnar View Post
    Any particular reason you want to upgrade them? The ones on my 150 work great, and for the price of tuners if you just save and double the money you could upgrade to a better mandolin
    You are correct. I will stay with the OEM tuners.

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    Default Re: Wanting to upgrade tuners on my Kentucky KM150

    If your tuners are sticky, it's worth dissembling them and lubricating them carefully with tri-flo, search for a thread about it (look up "sticky tuners Collings mandolin, not meaning to pick on Collings here, that's just where I found the thread). The cleaning and lubrication process can really improve matters.
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    Default Re: Wanting to upgrade tuners on my Kentucky KM150

    Take a look at the late Paul Hostetter's tuner maintenance page.

    http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html
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