Why I won't buy cheap tuning machines from Amazon anymore..

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by unbrokenchain, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Black Mountain, NC
    Notice anything wrong? Maybe I should have included one of the other three, but there's nowhere to put the string in the capstan... lol they were cheap enough (eleven bucks for all 4) that I'm not going to bother with the company, they're for a super cheapo fretless project and I really only needed one. Just thought this community might find it funny. IMG_0118[1].JPG IMG_0119[1].JPG
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    drill your own string hole? that's low budget
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  3. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    I agree with BHolder, just get a drilling machine and a drill specifically made for drilling in metal of appropriate size and drill a hole in the side of each of them.

    I used a metal drill to drill out the hole bigger in a guitar tuner mechanism before to make it take bass strings, and it worked flawlessly.
  4. unbrokenchain

    unbrokenchain Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2011
    Black Mountain, NC
    It's only one machine that wasn't finished, the other three are at least functioning tuners. In fact, all I really needed was the bushings for the tuning machines (and only one of those at that!), but I don't have a micrometer and didn't want to order the wrong size, plus the bushings were $8.95 while the tuning machines including bushings and screws were $10.95. It's not for replacing machines on either of the basses that I care about, this one is an old "biscayne" that I got for 20 bucks and pulled the frets, repainted and such. Not even sure it will play well yet as it's not finished so I didn't want to buy nice tuners for it.

    I'm pretty amused that they sent something that looks almost right (I didn't notice til I opened the bag) but can't be used for its intended purpose. I guess I could drill it out if I can manage to keep a bit on that round surface, but I've already put one mis-matched tuner on it, not worried about it.
  5. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    LOL.... That's hilarious. Imagine the quality control for that company. It's like one of those odd coin errors they screwed up while minting.
  6. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    Great design - prevents you from putting the string on the wrong way.

    Also prevents you from putting it on the right way, but that's just being picky.
  7. NoiseNinja

    NoiseNinja Experimental-psychedelic-ambient-noise-drone Inactive

    Feb 23, 2011
    In other words you cant go wrong with these tuners!

    Either way they prevent you from fretting any wrong notes.

    No strings, no cry!

    A win win situation!

    I bet your band would notice the improved lack of bass, at least if your drummer happens to be Lars Ulrich.
  8. Skydog6653


    Aug 31, 2016
    Once while installing drywall on a ceiling, I was supporting a sheet with my head, trying to place a screw on the phillips bit. Couldn't for the life of me! Finally I looked at the screw head; yep, solid, no slots whatsoever.