Set of 6 Vintage Aged Cycloidal Tuners
Set of 6 Vintage Aged Cycloidal TunersRickardSet of 6 Vintage Aged Cycloidal TunersG99997074
The "Real Deal"
This is a specially modified set of 10:1 cycloidal tuners, fitted with original 1920s ivoroid buttons, and treated to give a vintage, aged patina - perfect for use on original vintage instruments. Here they are, mounted on an original 1930 Martin OM-18:
RICKARD 10:1 Cyloidal Banjo Pegs
The smoothest, strongest, most positive banjo tuner now available!
A bit of background:
This one is personal for me - the first successful banjo tuning peg suitable for use on guitar.
In particular, Martin style OM-18 and OM-28 instruments made around 1930 were originally equipped with banjo pegs. Those low-ratio geared tuners need to be adjusted so tightly that they're difficult to tune or keep in tune. Around 2004 I decided to embark on a project that became more of a journey than I expected
Unless you've been living with me, you probably are unaware of the many hundreds of hours I've spent tinkering on "non-gear-driven" banjo peg designs. My first efforts were with preloaded ball bearings in a planetary arrangement. I went through quite a few iterations over the first few years, developing a 9:1 drive tuner that worked very smoothly. It worked well on banjo strings, but just wasn't strong enough to handle the high tension of guitar strings.
In 2010, I finally hit on the idea of using a completely different mechanism, and made what I believe was the world's first banjo tuner with a cycloidal reduction drive. Unlike other designs, the cycloidal drive is super strong, smooth and positive.
Some health issues intervened, and few years later I shared my efforts with one of our favorite banjo makers, Bill Rickard. I'd heard that he was in the process of improving the "conventional" planetary 4:1 banjo tuners. After a number of discussions on the phone, I convinced him of the need for higher ratio tuners for the guitar community.
Ultimately, I gave him my prototype with the hope he might be inspired to perfect the design and actually bring a solid and useful product to market.