John... I don't find it so difficult to tune with wooden pegs (I'm used to with lutes, and a baroque lute have 24 pegs... here it starts to be difficult...)
Of course it is easier with modern tuners.
Now there are modern pegs looking like wooden pegs but with inner mechanism geared, used on violons, ukulele and also guitars or lutes. I never tried but I will have such pegs on my next custom ukulele. Then I'll tell you.
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