For years I've been searching for good tuning machines. There's
always been nice looking ones around but they just didn't work well. Most were horrible.
Finally the Sloane gears came on the scene. They worked like a dream
- I mean you shouldn't have to use muscle to tune your bass. There
shouldn't be noise, high spots or a gritty feel. These were smooth.
There were complaints though - most people said they were too slow
[50-1 turning ratio]. This never bothered me, but I did have issues
with the way they looked. Style, not quality - there was more than
enough quality. I used them on my basses because they were inarguably
the best working machines on the market. But I still wanted something
more in my own so I set to designing my own gear with my machinist.
I am very fortunate to have as a friend a gifted machinist - Lutz
Wallasch. Gotta go with the German in this regard. I know I'm promulgating
a stereotype but what the hey. The first step was figuring out what
made the Sloane machines so superior. Done. Sloane was a genius!
I wish he was alive so I could kiss him. By the way, the answer
to this equation is a secret [well almost - those smart boys over
at kc strings figured it out as well - their machines work beautifully]
- I can now take almost any gear - including those horrid working,
heavy duty brass Philipino-made gears - and make a DRASTIC improvement
on them. At a modest cost no less. Call me. Where were we - oh yeah
- my machines are a little faster [40-1… a Juzek is about 25-1]
- the ratio is a factor in the precision. They are minimalistic
in profile - I know that those who love that heavy brass look will
hate them - but aren't basses heavy enough? They are also completely
modular in design so that if any repair is ever necessary no complicated
welding will be needed [thanks Lutz]. But the ever popular bottom
line is that they work. Smooth. It's a good thing.
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