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    Hey all,
    Looking to buy a string winder. None say mandolin specific, but I am sure some will fit. Probably some better than others. What works for you?

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    I've got a D'Addario one, it fits both mandolin and guitar sized pegs.

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    i found these this past winter, i gave away or sold all my other winders. they have a rubber like coating, ball bearings-super smooth, and the tip fits mandolin tuners perfect, and, the way its shaped, you will not hit your headstock on A or F styles.

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    Man, that's a nice one Daryl.

    Mine are the cheap Dunlop ones.
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    This is the most expensive, most beautiful and best working winder. Made in hardwood with rollerbearings(yes!)

    I enjoy it everytime, instead of those dreadful cheap plastic winders ;-)

    https://www.guitarfromspain.com/en/t...ng-winder.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by darylcrisp View Post
    i found these this past winter, i gave away or sold all my other winders. they have a rubber like coating, ball bearings-super smooth, and the tip fits mandolin tuners perfect, and, the way its shaped, you will not hit your headstock on A or F styles.

    https://www.guitarcenter.com/MusicNo...4-ae6909bbbf73

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    That looks really cool

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    Quote Originally Posted by poul hansen View Post
    This is the most expensive, most beautiful and best working winder. Made in hardwood with rollerbearings(yes!)

    I enjoy it everytime, instead of those dreadful cheap plastic winders ;-)

    https://www.guitarfromspain.com/en/t...ng-winder.html

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    Not really. See Frank Ford's work.
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    I like Frank's cranks.
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    Lynn Dudenbostel made the one I use and it's just perfect for my mandolins!
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    I picked up one of these a month or so ago after someone here posted about it. A high quality product

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Packard View Post
    Lynn Dudenbostel made the one I use and it's just perfect for my mandolins!
    Also use a Dude String Winder and been loving it’s for the past four years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poul hansen View Post
    This is the most expensive, most beautiful and best working winder. Made in hardwood with rollerbearings(yes!)

    I enjoy it everytime, instead of those dreadful cheap plastic winders ;-)

    https://www.guitarfromspain.com/en/t...ng-winder.html

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    Franks Cranks & Nicolo Alessi are my daily drivers in the shop; those and an old Jim Dunlop that I hacked up and superglued to make it fit little mandolin knobs over 20 years ago and it is still working... and multiple giant beasts for upright basses that look like a 357 magnum!

    Frank's link: https://shop.gryphonstrings.com/prod...cranks-acrylic

    Nicolo Alessi: https://alessituningmachines.it/

    Not all mandolin tuner buttons are the same size or thickness; some mentioned in this thread may not fit your instrument!
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    I picked up a mandolin string winder a number of years ago from The Mandolin Store during their Black Friday sale. Their website currently shows one on sale for about $20. I love mine, fits all the buttons nicely.

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    Which string winder will fit the "close quarters" on my 1918 Gibson A2?

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    The one I actually use is one I made from a repurposed piece of maple flooring and lined with leather many years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Greenspoon View Post
    I picked up a mandolin string winder a number of years ago from The Mandolin Store during their Black Friday sale. Their website currently shows one on sale for about $20. I love mine, fits all the buttons nicely.
    Yep, I have one - works nicely for me. I'm always wary when using it though; a little sideways torque when you're winding on a string could potentially bend the tuner shaft (especially the longer ones on F5-style instruments), so go slow! I'm sure this is true for any string winder...
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    Frank's Cranks - expensive, but they're lifetime tools, and beyond.

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    They are indeed expensive, but the man makes them hissown self, so they're not factory produced. Because they are well-designed and machined, they are a joy to use. I love mine, it makes me happy when I use it. I've also made my own, and while my homemade crank is functional, it is more like a gee haw whimmy diddle.
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    Picked up a couple of these from Durl Jones a few months ago. They fit perfectly and work much better than the old guitar wonders I had been using.

    https://wildwoodstringwinders.com/
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    When rotating the winder, it does not hit the side. I had a friend make it custom.Click image for larger version. 

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    just bought one they work fine , big so harder to loose also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buck View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by masa618 View Post
    When rotating the winder, it does not hit the side. I had a friend make it custom.Click image for larger version. 

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    I ended up sticking part of a wadded up cotton ball in mine to stop it hitting the side.
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    this is what I came up with, made of a broomstick bit an an old allen key. Never touches the adjacent tuners and fits snugly... Click image for larger version. 

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