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My old Washburn banjo was converted to planetary tuners in the 1970's as I was playing with steel strings. I have a recurring problem with breaking Nylagut fifth strings. I believe it is my geared tuner causing the problem, perhaps caused by the reel overloading. I have no problem with the La Bella nylon 5th strings, but wish to play on heavier gauge strings.
I can change it out for a mechanical friction tuner or another style of geared fifth tuner. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
I am now considering restoring it to friction tuners. The original holes were enlarged for the planetary tuners to fit and the fifth string hole was tapered, so using the very old-style violin type pegs is probably out of the question. Will there likely be a problem using the newer grover style friction pegs in the larger holes?