New Gotoh Carbon fiber tuning machines

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by james condino, Jun 11, 2020.

  1. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    I saw a post from Steve Swan on facebook a while back about these new carbon fiber machines from Gotoh that were at the NAMM show this winter. Has anyone seen them in person and are they available now or was it just trade show hype?

    gotoh carbon fiber machines.jpg
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  2. Dr. Love

    Dr. Love

    Nov 5, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    I haven't seen anything about them, but that's intriguing. I've wondered why there aren't more lightweight options on DB tuners like aluminum or titanium when they're so common for guitar and electric bass. It seems like there would be a market for them, especially for travel basses and basses with extensions.
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  3. eh_train

    eh_train Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 12, 2004
    Owner, Stand Up Guy Basses (Repair/Sell/Buy upright basses)
    I saw a single-plate version at a trade show in Italy about 8 months ago (I miss 8 months ago, those were the days!).

    They looked nice enough. I'm not sure what they cost. They would reduce the overall weight slightly, if that was an issue. Better yet, they might stop the bass scroll from resting on the ground when the bass is on it's side.
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  4. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    Here is the response they sent me; not lookin' good....

    Dear james,

    Thanks for your inquiry.
    We have finalized the specifications of the carbon double bass tuner, and are currently in the stage of mass production.

    Also, since the official sales route has not been decided at this time, sales will start as soon as it is decided.

    Please understand that you will be waiting for a while.

    Best regards.

    *In addition, please be sure to leave the original text when replying to this email.

    G-GOTOH Co., Ltd.
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  5. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I wonder what production method they are using for "mass assembly"
    Don't see why you couldn't just cut the plate out of a CF sheet on a CNC router. Shouldn't require any fancy tooling or molds. The cf clovers are overkill but could be done the same way.
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