A combination of precision engineering artistic creativity. See this set on The Maple Guitar
One of the most popular high end machines available made in the USA.
Nicolo Alessi from Italy is a favorite amoung many luthiers for providing a superb product for a reasonable price.
A german mechanical engineer who draws from the historical machinists to create his own line of tuning machines.
The late John Gilbert is a famed luthier and invented this practical and very servicable design of tuning machines to use on his guitars.
Baljak is a small tuning machine maker by the sea in Croatia with designs inspired by vintage navigational instruments.
One of the best available machine sets. Made by Waverly
Founded in 1864 by Josef Rubner, they continue their tradition of creating quality machines with modern manufacturing technology.
Gotoh is a Japanese company that started building tuning machines in the 1960's. The Gotoh Premium model is the "go-to" machine set for many professional luthiers.
A surprising quality for the price, the operation of these tuners will stand up to others that are three times the cost.
One of the early innovators of classical guitar tuning machines.
Schertler tuning keys are engineered in Switzerland, using an improved bearing structure for accurate tuning up and down.
Robson is a company from the UK that seems to make attractive machines with unique plate engravings. They have a few different options of plate engraving, buttons and rollers.
I am making available several of these Der Jung sets that I have been using for my guitars for about four or five years. I was in a period when customers were experiencing problems with the Schaller machines failing and the quality of the Der Jung machines truly ensured that I could offer my customers professional, reliable, friction free tuning for an unbeatable price. I have worked quite a bit with these and I will carefully inspect each set purchased to ensure they are in perfect working order prior to shipping. Interested? Call Zeb at 931.389.1218 or email me here.
Price = $60 USD / set (Free Shipping within the United States)
This is a faux ebony button. This button with the black rollers are what is generally more fashionable nowadays.
This faux ivory offers a nice contrast with the black rollers. Most of my customers request the black buttons, but if you have some white accents in the design of your guitar then this might work better.
These bearings fit very snug within a standard size classical tuner roller hole. I little bit of sanding might be required. The roller spacing is a standard 35mm.
I have initially built this site as an overview and portal to the quality classical guitar tuning machines that are available today. Hopefully it will provide others a quick glance at the market without having to sift through pages of search results. If you see any typos or misinformation, then please notify me through my main site contact form.