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    Having a custom mandolin made. Are Waverly tuners worth the extra money?

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    How much are you spending on the custom mandolin?

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    yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Buesseler View Post
    How much are you spending on the custom mandolin?
    So far the mandolin will cost me $2400.00
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    I have Waverly, Rubner and other less expensive tuners. Never had any problem with any of them , cheap or expensive !
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    Here’s some Alessi tuners in the classified ads: https://www.mandolincafe.com/ads/154310#154310

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    I'd say so. What's the builder recommend?
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    $2,400 for the mandolin and $500 for tuners??? Not me. Plenty of decent tuning machines out there.

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    I have Waverly on one mandolin it came with them. My other mandolins have decent less expensive tuners and I agree with those above. You won't really impress anyone with fancy tuners. Rubners or Schallers or Grovers would do the trick for me.
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    As far as I know my Eastmans have Schaller tuners, they all work perfectly.

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    Thank you all for the recommendations. I will stay with the Grover tuners.

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    people seem to like these .. Schaller Grandtune
    https://www.allparts.com/collections...-mandolin-keys

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    I have Waverly tuners on both of my F mandos, and they are nice tuners. Can't say they are X times better than other brands, but I don't regret buying them. I have a set of Rubners on my oval, and they are very nice as well, and look great. I also heard great things about the Shallers, mentioned above.

    But to look at it another way, you said the mando is going to cost $2,400. I assume that would have some sort of tuners on there. If your builder had $100 budgeted for tuners, would the Waverlys be worth another $400? If I were building a mando in that price range, I'd probably go with the Shallers from what I know an have read. You'd get a really nice set of tuners without spending an unreasonable amount.
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    Have to go with what others have said above. I have guitars and mandolins with Grover, Shaller, Rubner, Waverly, Kluson and even Five-stars on a dulcimer. The only ones that I have ever had trouble with are the cheap four on a plate tuners that are on an old Harmony mandolin from the 1970s. And, with a little work and lubrication, they work OK.

    Waverly tuners are nice, no doubt about it. Are they worth the price? Honestly, I don't think they are worth the incremental price. But, if an instrument comes with them (like my Huss & Dalton guitars), I'm not going to say "take them off." Not to say that cheap no-name tuners are just as good, but if you stick with known quality brands, they all seem to work pretty well and hold tuning.
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    I have Waverly, Rubner, Grover and some unknown brands on mandolins. It’s hard for me to say that the first three are significantly different. The Waverly tuners ARE better, but not amazingly so. And the Rubners are maybe just a bit better than the Grovers but the Rubners have more choices for appearance. After using all three, I’d probably just be fine with Grover or Rubners.
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    here is an idea...Talk to your builder and if you decide to go with less expensive tuners, ask for a brand that is an exact fit for the waverly (I think stew-mac are). That way, if you feel the need to upgrade in the future or find a used set of waverlys super cheap, they can be dropped in the exact holes as the originals. SOme other brand would require a re-cut of the holes in order to add waverlys. BTW- I have had various brands and agree all have worked well enough. Waverlys are clearly higher quality and usually smoother if installed correctly, but you would likely not miss. My currrent mandos have them and they are nice.
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    The stew-mac golden age are exact replacements for say the waverly tuners, and are actually very nice and well built-waverly now are all done by cnc, the back plates are wider and thinner than say the hand engraved waverly's from say mid 2005ish-i remeber as i had a set i bought in 2001 that were all hand engraved back plates but worn out around 2005-6 and was bummed when they sent me a brand new replacement set for free as i was in their records of being the original buyer of the set and they were covered for life with original buyer-don't know if thats still the case? But yeah was bummed as the cnc wern't as nice as the hand engraved sets-but i have to say they've held up better over the years-maybe because with cnc its more precision?

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