Good set for the money, but Gotoh makes quality products
I decided to try these on a modified Hauser style build. I have spent 7x-12X more for classical tuners. Some of the hyper expensive ones required breaking in with rotten stone, solvent, oil, solvent and grease. These come out of the box smooth operating, and ready to function. I have used machines made in Italy, Germany, The United Kingdom, Spain, Canada, and The Netherlands. Grover machines needed to have the winder barrels pinned, as they liked to slip and then split. I have never had these problems with the Gotohs. The only thing that might detract from perfection on the Gotohs is the glue line on the pearl keys. It can yellow over time. That is a cosmetic issue, and not a very big one at that. These might be a bit over the top and pricey for their construction, but I have paid some insane prices for far worse. I can no longer afford to pay $3300 for a custom engraved set of Reischell machines. These work just as well for >90% less. I wound up pulling these and going with a peened lug billet style machine set. Those cost $800. I still can''t say there is a $475 difference. These wound on a cedar top, classical with black wood back and sides.
Reviewed by: Seth Burgin from Colorado & Arizona.