I recently bought a Hofner Contemporary (CT) Club bass, and for $700, it's a great buy. Love the tone, very comfy to play, and other than some very minor wood finishing flaws, it seems well made. Oh, did I mention it looks way-cool with the red finish?! Only sub-par part of the bass are the Wilkinson tuners. They are very cheaply made, loose, and the plastic knobs do not match the rest of the bass. Like others who have posted before, I already stripped one of the tuners. Hofner is doing a disservice by putting these on what is otherwise a very nice instrument. Anyway, after much research, I ordered and SUCCESSFULLY and EASILY installed replacement tuning machines (about $40 total). They are Grover Vintage Sta-Tites, and they match up EXACTLY with the existing holes in the headstock... no drilling required. Unfortunately, they do not come in ivory, but the nickle looks very nice and matches with the tail piece and looks good I think. Here is where I got them from: http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tuners/Guitar,_solid_peghead_tuners/Grover_18:1_Sta-Tites.html I took some pictures with both the old and new tuners on so you can compare (see attached). One more note, I HIGHLY recommend trashing the roundrounds that come with this bass, and investing in a set of LaBella Deep Talkin' strings ("Beatle Bass" model). They sound very natural and thumpy (think upright bass), and they are easy on the fingers. Good luck, and feel free to fire any related questions my way!