Neo Maxi Zoom Dweebie
THIS PARATUSS PENGUIN IS A LET-DOWN INDEED. IT'S NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL USE, THAT'S FOR SURE, BUT IT IS A GREAT IDEA THAT I ONCE TRIED TO MAKE GREAT.
The Penguin is manufacturered by a Asian company I believe is called Paratuss. About 4 or 5 years ago, when the Ernie Ball Power String Winders first appeared, I saw this unit on-line somewhere and contacted Paratuss to see if they'd make a professional version with my specs. Being a pro tech (mostly behind a bench in my repair shop) since 1977 has allowed me to restring countless guitars, so I feel somewhat qualified to delve into this field. Paratuss declined as did Ernie Ball. Their mistake.
While I still feel there is a need for a pro winder for those that string more guitars than you can count in a year, I've settled on using the Ryobi Tek4 HP-53L 4 volt electric screwdriver.
This is a true 600 / 200 RPM rechargeable screwdriver and is for those who know what they're doing at the headstock. I use a customized winder attachment I purchased from Australia that won't marr the headstock thigh speed like the giant Planet Waves peg winder attachment or the cheapo plastic Dr. Duck with sharp corners winder does.
The Ryobi is small enough to live on your bench (like the Paratuss I wanted to creat would have been), and is one of the only 600 RPM rechargeable screwdrivers on the market. 600 is the PERFECT speed for a pro.... none of this 200 RPM BS!
Of course cordless drills could be used if you have one, but they are simply way too big to live on a work bench, AND customers with high-end axes do not want to see a speeding metal chuck next to their prized possession. TRUS ME ON THIS... This Ryobi works. And so does it's little brother, but it lacks a clutch. It's called a HP44L
In the 4 years I've used this Ryobi, I can say with all honesty, I have not broken one string due to the winding speed. I have not damaged in the slightest any headstocks or even old crumbly tuner knobs. Although the Ryobi does not have a stepped trigger, it still delicate enough to ease a hard-to-turn tuner. Please consider it. Dean at Guitartec Repair
Reviewed by: Dean Forman from RI, USA.