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alternatives to machine heads?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bjørn Houdorf Jun 26. 64 Replies

So I really like the idea of taking non-musical parts and making a musical instrument, or at the very least, making the part yourself.  Using machine heads is sort of like cheating to me and sort of…Continue

I built a a thing that makes noise that is in the shape of a diddley bow

Started this discussion. Last reply by Henry Strat-o-varius Lowman Sep 2, 2011. 8 Replies

I hesitate to call my build an actual musical instrument.  It's more like a electric noise maker.  I'm not a guitarist, or a musician of any sort.  But I decided to see what I could come up with…Continue

 

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Bjørn Houdorf replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"I have tried to make 2 handmade worm drive gear tuners, as a experiment.These tuners are really not an "alternative" to machine heads, because they are indeed real worm drive tuners themselves, but they are handmade, and they are BIG! Is…"
Jun 26
JL replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Violins, violas, and most cellos stayed with pegs to keep the authentic look in the style of Stradiveri or in the style of Amanti, and added tailpiece tuner machines instead of headstock machines.  some cellos (…"
Apr 20
Bjørn Houdorf replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Nice idea Ted, using dowels, screws and salt as tuners. Have you only used it on one single instrument? If machine head tuners always are the best solution, why are they not used more on violins and cellos?"
Apr 20
Steven Bruce replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"I just finished a three-string guitar that uses zither pins instead of machine tuners. I don't see why you couldn't just use a regular screw with the hole drilled through it, because after all, is just that. A screw with a hole drilled…"
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Ted Crocker replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"I made one using dowels as a simple tuner.  The screw at the base end pulls it tight to the headstock and it stays in tune.  I sprinkled salt in the recess for friction.  "
Apr 18
dexter replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Thanks for the post Ted. I like your idea. Pretty cool. I think I am going to try that."
Apr 17
the anonymous pick replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"My input as to why the tuners ?    =  reliability . If you are building a guitar for yourself , for fun / inspiration ,  etc .   then  indeed   experiment with baked playdough  to make tuners and parts…"
Apr 17
the anonymous pick replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
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Bjørn Houdorf replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Well....if you buy one part of the instrument prefabricated (the tuners), why stop there? You can also buy  a prefabricated fretboard, or prefabricated bridge etc. It's ok, for me, that some parts of the instrument is prefabricated, but…"
Apr 17
Glenn Bukowski replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"In the spirit of “Homemade” allow me this digression: Years ago – I went fishing with a friend; one of us caught a really nice trout. The other asked “Did you use bait?” "Yep – a…"
Apr 17
Greg Turner replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Rosin a dowel..who'da thunk it."
Apr 15
Bjørn Houdorf replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"The thick string is made of 1.5 mm trimmerline and the thin string is made of a cheap thread or cord. All things are bought in a ordinary hardware store. One flower stick is used as a "bow" (with rosin on it), and another flower stick is…"
Apr 14
Paul Craig replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"I used anchor bolts and a few nuts on one build. It was more work than just using regular tuning keys and they don't work as well. Besides, Gitty sells the keys cheap."
Apr 14
Greg Turner replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"What did you use to make the strings in the video? The stick you're using looks like your average dowel. Doesn't sound half bad. I've seen theat you can make bow hair from many fabrics. Just rosin and go."
Apr 13
Bjørn Houdorf replied to Marshall Novak's discussion alternatives to machine heads?
"Here is a 2-string fele with torsion tuners, that I've built. They work quite well. I use a flower stick instead of a bow.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u15n5XgQ4fs"
Apr 13

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