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    Default Stew Mac Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin

    Thank you in advance for any opinions!

    I have a 1917 A-4, are the "worm gear under string post" the way to go?
    Do you have any experience with the Stew Mac Golden Age Restoration Tuners for A-style Mandolin?
    Do you prefer the Relic nickle or bright nickle, cream or ivoroid knobs? https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-ha...SABEgK1I_D_BwE

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    I put a set on a 1918 Gibson A that I used to own and they were fine. I recently cleaned and lubricated the original tuners on my 1919 A2 following these directions:http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html, because a couple of them were getting sticky and hard to turn, and now they're working great. If you still have the originals, I would encourage you to try that before replacing them.
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    The “restoration” tuners are fine. I bought the relic ones but it’s entirely a matter of personal preference. Just don’t confuse them with the ordinary Golden Age tuners. The originals on my ‘14 A were too slack and no amount of lubrication could improve that.

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    Thank you John, I'll try that

    Quote Originally Posted by John Rosett View Post
    I put a set on a 1918 Gibson A that I used to own and they were fine. I recently cleaned and lubricated the original tuners on my 1919 A2 following these directions:http://www.lutherie.net/tuner.maintenance.html, because a couple of them were getting sticky and hard to turn, and now they're working great. If you still have the originals, I would encourage you to try that before replacing them.

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    Why do you suppose are the ivoroid knobs so much more expensive than the cream knobs? Do they look that much better?
    https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-ha...-mandolin.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric L View Post
    Why do you suppose are the ivoroid knobs so much more expensive than the cream knobs? Do they look that much better?
    https://www.stewmac.com/parts-and-ha...-mandolin.html
    Wonder if those are Galalith buttons? Like the bridge pins they offer. Those need to be machined because of the material.
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