Thoughts on Schertler or Schaller GrandTune tuning machines?

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Thoughts on Schertler or Schaller GrandTune tuning machines?

Post by mlau » Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:00 am

The head of my local luthier group is arranging a group buy for these tuners.

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I'm thinking of getting some sets

Has anyone used these?

I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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Re: Thoughts on Schertler or Schaller GrandTune tuning machines?

Post by Ken Whisler » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:38 am

I’ve used Schertlers once and was very impressed with their functionality at that price point. I never cared enough for Schallers in general to risk the added cost of their GrandTunes. You can get Gotoh Premiums @the same price point and they’re as good a workhorse set as it gets.
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Re: Thoughts on Schertler or Schaller GrandTune tuning machines?

Post by Brittunculus » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:10 am

I have used both and consider them good value for money. Schertler tuners take a little more care in installing, being single machines but they are well engineered and IMHO they look good. Schaller GT are well made and look neat and unobtrusive. The lower cost Grand Tune models are about the same price in Europe as the old style Schaller.

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Re: Thoughts on Schertler or Schaller GrandTune tuning machines?

Post by mlau » Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:21 pm

I tend to be a Gotoh premium fanboy, but the pricing is at maybe $60 for a set of Schaller Grandtune!
Maybe $45 for the Schertlers! My thrifty Chinese soul is going bonkers!

This is because the guy is a successful luthier that mainly uses those two models, and is leveraging the 54+ luthiers in our local group.

And no, he won't ship...

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Re: Thoughts on Schertler or Schaller GrandTune tuning machines?

Post by Stephen Faulk » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:08 am

You have a local luthier group? Did the NCal group keep going?
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Re: Thoughts on Schertler or Schaller GrandTune tuning machines?

Post by Dave Stott » Fri Jan 11, 2019 1:25 pm

Personally, I liked most of the looks of the Grand Schaller's, but I just couldn't get past the big S logo on them.

We went with Rubner's for the upgrade on my guitar.
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