We think that Rickard’s Cyclone tuners are the smoothest, strongest, most positive banjo tuners out there. Their 10:1 turning ratio makes it a breeze to tune even the most finicky banjo. Best of all, they work very well for instruments like early Martin OMs, guitar banjos or Gibson tenor guitars that originally had banjo tuners with a low turning ratios that just didn’t work for the heavier strings of a guitar.
The one issue some players have with Rickard Cyclones is the ivoroid buttons they come with are just a bit too white and don’t have the aged, honey color of vintage ivoroid. It’s a minor thing but if you’re setting up a guitar from the 1930s, but if you’re like us, you probably want things to look as correct as possible. Unfortunately, the shape of the holes on the new buttons are a different shape than the old buttons so you just can’t swap them out.
Happily, our own Frank Ford figured out a way to machine the shafts on Rickard Cyclones to take ivoroid buttons from the 1920s. We had a small stash of vintage ivoroid buttons salvaged from old friction pegs and Frank set up a few nickel plated Cyclone with them. Because of the work involved, and the limited supply of vintage buttons, we don’t have many of these in stock.
Rickard Cyclones are made of solid brass with a nickel plated finish.They require a 3/8" diameter hole, so they're a drop-in replacement for most standard 4:1 planetary pegs. They are sold individually rather than in sets of four, six or whatever.