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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners

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Completely redesigned! Improved tuning for vintage-style mandolins, without giving up the authentic look.

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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners
  Item# Description In stock Price Quantity
2509-N Bright nickel with black knobs 1+ month
3 or more $43.96  
This item cannot be
ordered at this time.
2509-RN Relic nickel with black knobs Yes
3 or more $54.17  

2509-RB Relic brass with black knobs Yes
3 or more $49.95  

2510-N Bright nickel with ivoroid knobs 1-3 days
3 or more $58.83  

2510-RN Relic nickel with ivoroid knobs Yes
3 or more $69.04  

2510-RB Relic brass with ivoroid knobs Yes
3 or more $64.75  

Quantity prices apply to multiples of the same item number Selected currency  


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Tired of fighting cantankerous old tuners but don't want to give up the vintage look? We have completely redesigned our Golden Age mandolin tuners! Under the direction of StewMac's Don MacRostie, renowned mandolin maker, we've brought back classic features of tuning machines from the pre-World War II era.

"Over the years we've tried every mandolin tuner under the sun. Of all the options, the Golden Age tuners have been the obvious choice for our mandolins." —Alex Rueb, Collings Guitars

A-style models also available.

The look of the old, the reliability of the new.
The look is more authentic than ever, but close-tolerance specifications, nylon worm bearings, and 15:1 gear ratio make Golden Age tuners smoother and more efficient than vintage machines ever were. Two optional relic finishes duplicate that "well-played" patina that makes most other modern tuners look johnny-come-lately on a vintage or reproduction instrument. The distinctive Loar-shape steel baseplates even have the same footprint and engraving as 1920s originals.

The details are 1920s too:
Old-style string post shape
Square worm supports
Straight-slot worm gear screws
Roundhead straight-slot mounting screws
Removable black or ivoroid knobs with vintage shape

Each set includes 4-left / 4-right tuners with mounting screws and press-fit peghead bushings.

Gear ratio15:1
String post diameter0.236" (6mm)
String post spacing29/32" standard (23mm)
Required peghole diameter.336" (8.53mm)

Tip: Plate-mounted tuners can't work efficiently if the pegholes are improperly drilled. Our Mandolin Peghead Drill Jig ensures precise 29/32" spacing for accurate alignment for these tuning machines.

To be sure these tuners fit your instrument, compare your existing machines and peghole dimensions to our listed specs to help determine the best replacement.
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Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners
Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners
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4 3-16-2014
Good Tuner Value

I found the tuners to be as advertised. The fit, finish were good with relatively smooth operation.

The Lefty Luthier  Spring Branch, Texas Read my reviews (40)
5 1-04-2014

Party that i built mandolin for loved them gave it that rustic look. You are one of my best pts. suppliers. Tks ole mt. man. Harry

Harry Shorter Sr.  White Hall, MD Read my reviews (6)
5 11-27-2013
Golden Age mandolin machines

These machines have the right look for replacements on vintage instruments but they are better made than the old ones they replace. Much smoother action and closer tolerances, and they work very well on modern instruments too. a very good value. Just make sure you specify the correct spacing.

Michael A Lewis  Grass Valley, CA Read my reviews (2)
5 10-03-2013
Love these tuners

I used the golden age tuners with the relic nickel finish and Ivoroid tuners on my last mandolin and loved them. They look great and tune smoothly. The buttons are just the right size and overall the tuners are very light. Mandolins tend to be neck heavy anyway and any savings in weight, especially on the peghead is important.

Ken Hooper guitars  Elkin, NC Read my reviews (2)
5 8-21-2013
Really Cool Relic Brass!

I was first attracted to these for the looks. I wanted a vintage vibe for my latest F style mando build. The look is great, but the performance and function even better. GREAT VALUE!

ScottyDP  Georgia Read my reviews (3)
5 7-18-2013
great product

these tuners dropped in the holes perfectly. They look great and are well made

JonnyO  Canada Read my reviews (3)
4 10-24-2012
Nice, but...

Got these to try as an alternative to Grover 309s. Loved the antique styling of the relic brass, but unfortunately these tuners just do not compare. Only three screws per plate are not adequate to secure the tuners well and they are not as smooth as the Grovers. Unless you really must have a vintage look for your mando, I would definitely go for the Grovers. You know, unless you want to spring for Waverlys.....

Mando Gnome  Bozeman, MT
5 5-14-2012
They look great and work great

After installing my Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners I was impressed with the classic look. I was even more impressed with their functionality. My Summit F100 came with a decent name brand tuner, but the Golden Age are far superior, very smooth, tunes in very small increments. An excellent value.

TomW  Winamac, IN
5 11-08-2011
Golden Age F-style Mandolin Tuners

Very nice tuners, accurate with minimal slop, excellent value, great look. These are going to be the new standard on the mandolins I build.

Vincent Guitars and Mandolins  Red Wing, MN
5 10-12-2011
Just right

At last, an affordable, working set of authentic-looking precision tuners for any F mandolin. This is the set that we should have had all these years. First came the vintage A model set, which is the only thing to put on your snakehead (I put them on mine). Then came these for the 'florentines'. The vintage brass set looks perfect on my F5 copy (I added the pearl buttons).
*Tech support is 1st rate, too. Thanks, Mike McGovern.

f5mando  USA Read my reviews (6)
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